Speakers

Tripurdaman Singh
Historian
Siddharth Raja
Lawyer

This episode of BIC Talks with author and historian Tripurdaman Singh and lawyer Siddharth Raja contextualises and discusses the lead up to the first ever amendment to the Constitution of India in the year 1951, only a year after the Constitution was brought into effect, the subject of Tripurdaman’s new book Sixteen Stormy Days – The Story of the First Amendment of the Constitution of India

The conversation traces this momentous event and the various personalities and agendas, at odds with the original hopes and dreams of building a liberal democratic system at the heart of it. The controversial amendment termed an “obscenity by willful resolve” by some is a crucial moment characterised by some of the fiercest parliamentary debates and  in the country’s political, judicial and constitutional history which set us on a path of ambiguity as a nation.

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