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Current Threats to the Constitution

Current Threats to the Constitution This is the text of the Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture, delivered by Prashant Bhushan at Jawaharlal Nehru University on March 14, 2019.   Sixty nine years ago, we framed a constitution and founded a republic. The foundations of this republic are a democratically governed society with various fundamental rights guaranteed…

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India: Liberal Democracy and the Extreme Right

India: Liberal Democracy and the Extreme Right (Note: This article is excerpted from a longer article, and we are publishing it as a single piece rather than in two parts because of its importance.)   The Indian polity of today seems to be undergoing a historically unprecedented process: the irresistible rise of the extreme right…

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Democracy: The Instrument Of Humanity

Democracy: The Instrument Of Humanity Full text of Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna’s speech when he accepted the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015–16. We are reproducing it because it has become even more relevant today than two years ago when he delivered it. I stand before you to accept an award for having…

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Making of the Indian Constitution

Making of the Indian Constitution By and large, it can be said that most constitutions of the world have been made in two different ways—the democratic–consensual way and the elite–bureaucratic way. In the first way the constitution is made by the genuine representatives of the people keeping in mind popular aspirations. In the second way,…