Nehru: A reluctant constitutionalist4 min read . Updated: 28 May 2014, 09:32 PM IST
Jawaharlal Nehru thought of constitutional rules as guiding principles rather than binding constraints
Jawaharlal Nehru’s 50th death anniversary also marks 50 years since the introduction of the 17th constitutional amendment in Parliament. In the first 14 years of the republic, Nehru’s government amended the Constitution 17 times. This is among the lesser known, and more complicated of Nehru’s legacies. Though Nehru is often romanticized as upholding the Constitution, especially in comparison to Indira Gandhi, he was at best, a reluctant constitutionalist.
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