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Sarbani Sen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198071600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071600.001.0001

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Constitution and Revolution

Constitution and Revolution

(p.90) Four Constitution and Revolution
The Constitution of India

Sarbani Sen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the significance of the Constituent Assembly as the culmination of the prior period of revolutionary struggle, and how its procedures for decision making were a creative adaptation of earlier forms of leader-citizenry dialogue that emerged to mediate disagreements on higher law principles. It also looks at how the existence of minority opinions affected the Assembly's interpretation of the idea of popular sovereign power.

Keywords:   Constituent Assembly, popular sovereign power, revolutionary struggle, founders, minority opinions

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