In the book Sixteen Stormy Days, Tripuradaman Singh has rubbed nib against paper describing the debate, battles of ideas during the amendment of the Constitution of India. In addition, the struggle in forming rules and laws formed during those sixteen are also highlighted in this book.
Title: Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of First Amendment of the Constitution of India
Author: Tripuradaman Singh
Publication: Vintage Books
Paperback: 288 pages
Price: 599 I. N. R.
The book Sixteen Stormy Days describes a great battle being fought against the ideas. The outcome of which made a constitutional history and some important Amendments to the Constitution of India. It is the first time when changes are made to the constitution. The Indian Constitution came into existence in June 1951 in the face of tremendous opposition within and the outside of the Parliament.
The First Amendment made, drastically curbed freedom of speech; enabled caste-based reservation by restricting freedom against discrimination. Circumscribed the right to property and validated the abolition of the zamindari system. Also, fashioned a special schedule of unconstitutional laws immune to judicial challenge.
This amendment represents the most profound changes that the Constitution has ever seen. Faced with an expansively liberal Constitution that stood in the way of nearly every major socioeconomic plan in the Congress party’s manifesto. A judiciary vigorously upholding civil liberties, and a press fiercely resisting his attempt to control public discourse. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru reasserted executive supremacy, creating the constitutional architecture for suppression and oppression.
Sixteen Stormy Days challenges conventional wisdom on iconic figures such as Jawaharlal Nehru, B.R. Ambedkar, Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Patel and Shyama Prasad Mookerji. Moreover, lays bare the vast gulf between the liberal promise of India’s Constitution and the authoritarian impulses of her first government.
Tripurdaman Singh was born in Agra in 1988. He is fascinated to know history, as a result, completed higher studies in the same field. He completed his MPhil in modern South Asian studies and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge.
Tripurdaman is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. In addition to it, due to his great curiosity in history, his all books are also related to history. His best-selling books are Imperial Sovereignty and Local Politics. Moreover, he became the recipient of a fellowship award from the Indian Council of Historical Research.