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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction

A.G. Noorani

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This introductory chapter discusses the role the British Parliament played during the drafting of the Indian Constitution starting from 1895. It looks at the British rule in India and how this affected the political activities of the country during the time. It also notes how lawyers predominated in the leadership of the freedom movement. British rule in India was studded with historic state trials. Constitutional milestones marked the route to independence. Two of the most important people in this quest are Eardley Norton, a firm champion for the independence of India, and Jawaharlal Nehru, the founder of the Indian Civil Liberties. The chapter suggests that India still lacks a powerful and united national civil liberties organization. In addition, it notes that this volume deals with citizen's rights, the judiciary, the political process, the election machinery, the people's right to know, and the state's accountability to the people.

Keywords:   British Parliament, British rule, citizen's rights, constitutional rights, Indian Constitution, Indian Civil Liberties Union, Eardley Norton

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