About the Author
Granville Austin is a retired historian.
"This classical work of Granville Austin is a must for every judge, lawyer, historian, researcher, and other persons interested in the constitutional history of India."--Soli J. Sorabjee, Attorney General of India
"Granville Austin, a recognized authority on the Indian Constitution, has made a profound and yet very readable contribution to an understanding of democracy in India. It is a monumental work based on a decade of painstaking research. In my opinion it is 'must' reading for those who are interested in finding out how democracy can and does function in a large, poor and highly diversified country."--P.N. Dhar, former Assistant Secretary General, Research and Policy Analysis, United Nations, New York. Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, 1973-1977.
"Another monumental work of reference and subtle interpretation to follow Austin's classic work on the making of the Indian Constitution published in the 1960s. Here he traces the working of the constitution in the turmoil of Indian political life. But this is no dry 'constitutional history.' We are shown how examination of the issues and strains surrounding the constitution and its role in the Indian polity are a window into the nation's public life, particularly in relation to democratic stability, national integrity, and the stated goals of socio-economic change. A 'must' for libraries, and for serious students of the subcontinent."--Judith Brown, Beit Professor of Commonwealth History, Oxford University
"Austin's deserved high reputation, for commitment to the most exacting standards of scholarship and perceptive and scrupulously fair analysis on India's constitution and politics, was established with the publication of his book The Indian Constitution
. Over the years the book became a classic. That reputation is consolidated now with the appearance of his long awaited and truly monumental Working a Democratic Constitution
, a book that deserves to rank among the half dozen or so most outstanding publications on the affairs of India written over the last two or three decades."--K.M. de Silva, Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy/Colombo, Sri Lanka
"Granville Austin in this splendid study has succeeded, as no one else has, in showing how its constitution...expresses the needs and the aspirations of a vast and diverse population committed to a democratic political system....Austin demonstrates, through a sure command of political and cultural history, how the constitution has made possible an open society, with a lively free press, a judiciary that has maintained its independence, and an electoral system that is equal to those of the established democracies of the West....Austin's book is also filled with insights for anyone watching the radical political and social changes taking place throughout Asia and Africa."--Ainslie T. Embree, Columbia University
"Working a Democratic Constitution
offers an intense critical insight into four decades of India's constitutional history. Superbly written with a buoyant empathy, it is a testament of hope, not of despair. With intimate knowledge gained by living in India for long periods, and talking to people who has seen it all happen, the author unfolds the triumphs and strains of working a truly democratic Constitution. The richly personalized account flows effortlessly. It pulls no punches, and the gripping narrative tempts the reader on, from one chapter to the next. It is a truly inspiring work."--Fali Nariman, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
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