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'Amending History': Review of 'Sixteen Stormy Days', by Tripurdaman Singh

Sixteen Stormy Days is a study of independent India's first constitutional crisis. The crisis arose out of a series of adverse court judgments in 1950-51 which placed obstacles in the way of the Congress government's ambitious social agenda, as well its ability to maintain law and order. In May 1951, the government moved to amend the Constitution to undo the effects of these judgments. The Constitution (First Amendment) Act was passed in June, following a bitter battle in Parliament.
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Published in India Today, issue of 23 March 2020

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