The right to amend the Constitution in India lies with Parliament, when `meeting in the exercise of its constituent power`. In the last quarter of a century, however, and in an atmosphere of judicial activism in the face of a faltering Parliament and administration, the Supreme Court has gone beyond its role as interpreter of the Constitution to become its arbiter. Pran Chopra defines the problem and presents an overarching analysis. He argues that a great deal is at stake in this situation, including the dynamics of federalism, which makes India possible; the role of the Constitution in holding the polity together; and the future of parilamentary democracy in India. Written against this background, the essays in this volumecontributed by some of India`s best-known parliamentarians, jurists, constitutional experts, scholars, administrators and journalistspresents a many-sided discussion of this crucial issue. Presented in the form of a debate to which each contributor brings his own particular expertise and point of viewand offers possible solutionsthis very readable book constitutes the first full-lengh discussion of a major issue in contemporary India.

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