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“Foundations for a Sustainable Growth: India’s Constitution and its Supreme Court”, in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India By ANANTH PADMANABHAN

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India Routledge Edited by KNUT A. JACOBSEN 2016

This chapter studies the Indian Supreme Court’s role from three distinct, yet interconnected, perspectives: building a rights-based discourse; harmonizing centre-state relations within the federal structure; and developing the principle of separation of powers as an effective check against legislative and executive overreach into the functioning of the judicial branch. It uses a bi-dimensional axis of language and practice to enquire into both judicial conversations that provide meaning to the foundational issues of rights, federation, and separation, and practices that ensure the actual implementation of these conversations and their spirited meanings.

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