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Federal India: A Design for Change

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Pluralism, Minorities, National Integration: Problems and Prospects

Paradoxes of Partition (1937-47)

Dimensions of Federal Nation

Perspectives on Human Rights

Coalition Politics and Power Sharing

Constitutional Nation Building: Half A Century of India’s Success

Environmental Management And Federalism: The Indian Experience

Nation and Minorities: India's Plural Society and its Constituents

Federalism within the Union: Distribution of Responsibilities in the Indian System

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Federal Power Sharing: Accommodating Indian Diversity

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Akhtar Majeed (Edited)


The Constitution of India makes it clear what kind of a nation we are, highlighting our shared past and shared destiny. Our national commitment is to the values that denote the ‘Basic Structure’ of our Constitution, as visualised in its Preamble. The success or otherwise, the suitability, viability and justification of any government has to be judged by its readiness to achieve and success in achieving the goals of the Preamble. That is the best guarantee for the nation-building.

Acceptance of the existence of cultural pluralism is an acceptance of the existence of a liberal democracy. It is a realisation that, in a liberal democracy, none of the social groups should have any reason to feel disadvantaged because of any cultural differences. The Constitution of India ensures that, on the one hand, no group is discriminated or disadvantaged and, on the other, that each such group may preserve the identities peculiar to itself.

A dialogue between different identities strengthens their own positions because all of them enjoy similar positions under the Constitution and all of them face similar problems in a democratic plural society. If a dialogue and understanding is there, domination and deprivation are ruled out. A plural society is in greater need of an institutional understanding and consensus over the basic values, of the society, under state protection. This guarantee of protection, for the accepted Indian national values, is provided by the Constitution of India. It is the constitutional restructuring of social relations that has ensured equality among our various identities, basing our pluralism on social equality.

Manak Publications, Delhi, 2001
ISBN No.81-7827-013-7, Rs.400/-.


1- Introduction
2- Founding Fathers' Vision of the Indian Constitution - Ajay Kumar Singh
3- Constitutional Working for Federal Nation-Building - Arshi Khan
4- Social Justice and Constitutional Safeguards: Precept and Practice - Kumar Suresh
5- Sub-Regions and State Formation - Ajay Kumar Singh
6- Disputed Structures of Indian Nationalism - Akhtar Majeed
7- Further Readings



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