The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts

01 March 2019

Gautam Bhatia

The lawyer and writer Gautam Bhatia’s book is a critical appraisal of the widely accepted premise that the Indian constitution was a document responsible for transforming the country into a nation where citizens are free and equal. Exploring the legal history of the country, Bhatia examines the judgments of nine cases—including those on Aadhaar and same-sex relations—and reflects on how they approached the principles of equality, fraternity and liberty. Additionally, he documents how various Indian governments did not repeal certain colonial laws that conflict with the fundamental rights prescribed by the constitution.

Harper Collins, 544 pages, Rs 699