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First amendment and 'original sin'

India amends the Constitution at the drop of a hat. The first time it did so was within a year of it being adopted in 1950. That amendment abridged our freedom of speech.

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan  |  New Delhi 

Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India Author: Tripurdaman Singh Publisher: Penguin Price: Rs 600 The Indian Constitution has been amended more than a hundred times in 73 years. The US Constitution has been amended only 33 times in 227 years. The Australian Constitution has been amended eight times in 119 years.

The French have made about 30 amendments in 59 years, mostly about decolonisation. India is peculiar in this respect. It amends the Constitution at the drop of a hat. The first time it did so was when the ink ...

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First Published: Tue, February 18 2020. 21:23 IST
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