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The Indian Constitution and Social Revolution

The Indian Constitution and Social Revolution
Right to Property since Independence

First Edition
Critical Acclaim

January 2019 | 534 pages | SAGE India

This book highlights the evolution of India’s Constitution into a tool for social revolution, tracing the various stages through which the law on the Right to Property and its relationship with the idea of socialism—as laid out in Parts III and IV of the Constitution—have evolved.

It underlines that the road to social revolution has been marked by a process where attempts to give effect to the idea of justice—social, economic, and political—as laid down in the Preamble have achieved a measure of success. If the Constitution, including the Preamble, is to be viewed as a contract that the people of India had entered into with the political leadership of the times and the judiciary being the arbitrator to ensure justice, it may be held that the scheme has worked. This book traces this history by placing the judicial and legislative measures in the larger context of the political discourse.


Series Editors' Preface
Idea of Socialism and the Indian National Congress: The Nehru Imprint
Socialism and the Right to Property as a Fundamental Right: The Constituent Assembly Debates
Socialism as State Policy: A Brief Discussion on the Debate on Directive Principles in the Constituent Assembly
The Socialist Agenda: Reconciling Fundamental Rights with Directive Principles
Property as Fundamental Right: The Judiciary Strikes Again
Restoring the Balance: Keshavananda and the Basic Structure Doctrine
Integrating the Directive Principles into the Fundamental Rights
Socialism and Liberalization

It is not very common to find a scholar who combines the skills of a historian and the craft of a lawyer. The book is an example of this combination, making for a fascinating read on the evolution of the Indian Constitution…We owe it to Ananth for bringing together juridical science and history, as it ought to be.

Economic & Political Weekly, 9 January 2016

[This book] provides a valuable understanding of the development of the right to property and will be of relevance to historians, lawyers and others interested in the intersection of this right with constitutional guarantees.

The Hindu, 21 February 2016

This book is a timely work recording the evolution of the right to property since India gained her Independence.

LiveMint, 12 March 2015

[The Book] is a fine product of thorough research done by the author. It is highly informative and greatly insightful, it not only helps the readers to understand the relationship between right to property and the socialist agenda of the Indian Constitution but also examines the changing pattern of relationships between the political establishment and the judiciary in India.

Social Change,
Vol 46 (Issue 3), September 2016

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