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A People's Constitution

Rohit De


It has long been contended that the Indian Constitution of 1950, a document in English created by elite consensus, has had little influence on India's greater population. Drawing upon the previously unexplored records of the Supreme Court of India, this book upends this narrative and shows how the Constitution actually transformed the daily lives of citizens in profound and lasting ways. This remarkable legal process was led by individuals on the margins of society, and the book looks at how drinkers, smugglers, petty vendors, butchers, and prostitutes—all despised minorities—shaped the consti ... More

Keywords: Indian Constitution, constitutional culture, constitutional remedies, citizenship, state regulations, Indian minorities, alcohol prohibition, commodity control, cow protection laws, prostitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174433
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rohit De, author
Yale University