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The Oxford Handbook on the Indian Constitution     

 Image credit: Great Stupa of Boudhnath, Kathmandu valley, Nepal. By Jean-Marie Hullot - originally posted to Flickr as All-Seeing Wisdom (Bodnath, Nepal), CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia CommonsThis month, we focus on The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, edited by Sujit Choudhry, Madhav Khosla, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta and now available in Oxford Constitutions of the World

The Indian Constitution is one of the world’s longest and most important political texts. Its birth, over six decades ago, signaled the arrival of the first major post-colonial constitution and the world’s largest and arguably most daring democratic experiment. Apart from greater domestic focus on the Constitution and the institutional role of the Supreme Court within India's democratic framework, recent years have also witnessed enormous comparative interest in India’s constitutional experiment.

The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution is a wide-ranging, analytical reflection on the major themes and debates that surround India’s Constitution. The Handbook provides a comprehensive account of the developments and doctrinal features of India's Constitution, as well as articulating frameworks and methodological approaches through which studies of Indian constitutionalism, and constitutionalism more generally, might proceed. Its contributions range from rigorous, legal studies of provisions within the text to reflections upon historical trends and social practices. As such the Handbook is an essential reference point not merely for Indian and comparative constitutional scholars, but for students of Indian democracy more generally.

Learn more about the Indian Constitution, by reading Chapter 1 Locating Indian Constitutionalism

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