India at 70: Assessing constitutional democracy in India on the 70th anniversary of its Independence

November 16, 2017
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Sedgewick C168
Presented by UVic's Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and UVic Faculty of Law

About the talk:

In August 1947, India became an independent nation, after nearly two centuries of colonial rule.  The framers of India’s constitution labored for nearly three years to craft its independence constitution which was adopted in January 1950.  In this talk, I will seek to assess India’s overall performance as a constitutional democracy, judged by the standards set by its framers and by those of scholars of comparative constitutional law. The goal will be to cover in broad strokes the major constitutional developments that have occurred across the 67 years that the Constitution of India has been in place.  

About the speaker:

photo of the event speaker, Arun K. Thiruvengadam Arun K. Thiruvengadam is a Professor of Law at the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.  He holds degrees in law from the National Law School, Bangalore and the New York University School of Law. He teaches, researches and writes in the fields of comparative constitutional law, Indian public law and law and development. The talk will draw upon his most recent book - The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis (Hart Publishing/Bloomsbury, 2017) – which is due to be published in December 2017.


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