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The constitution is a living organism with functioning institutional structures and an ever-growing dynamic process.  Even after its commencement on January 26, 1950, therefore, the Constitution of India was being further made through its actual working, judicial interpretation and constitutional amendments.  The National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution was set up vide Government Resolution dated 22nd February 2000.  

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The terms of reference stated that the Commission shall examine, in the light of the experience of the past 50 years, as to how best the Constitution can respond to the changing needs of efficient, smooth and effective system of governance and socio-economic development of modern India within the framework of Parliamentary democracy, and to recommend changes, if any, that are required in the provisions of the Constitution without interfering with its basic structure or features.  The Commission was required to complete its work and make recommendations within one year.  The tenure of the Commission was extended from   time to time up to 31st March 2002.  The Commission submitted its report in two volumes to the Government on 31st March 2002.



THE selection for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has indeed come as a surprise. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., the former Vice-President of the United States . . . . (Climate Of Peace, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

Unnerved by the prospect of an adverse US review of its massive aid flows, Pakistan has deployed a team of top lobbyists to Capitol Hill to contain the fallout of President Pervez Musharraf's dictatorial measures in the US Congress. (Pak Hires Lobbyists To Contain Impact On American Aid, Pioneer, S Rajagopalan, Nov 08, 2007)

THE US, believed to be the biggest benefactor of Gen Pervez Musharraf, appears to be putting considerable pressure on him to quickly right the wrongs he has done in Pakistan, resulting in chaos all over that country. (From Bush To Mush, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 08, 2007)

The Bush administration is reviewing the sale of F-16 fighter jets and P-3 aircraft to Pakistan in the wake of President Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule. (Us Moves, To Review Sale Of F-16 Jets To Pakistan, Tribune, Ashish Kumar Sen, Nov 07, 2007)

The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dissuaded General Musharraf from imposing an Emergency a few weeks ago. (Constrained Hegemon, Tribune, K. Subrahmanyam, Nov 07, 2007)

SUPPORT for Gen Musharraf in western capitals, especially Washington, and which many Pakistanis begrudged him, is fast withering. (Friendly Advice, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 07, 2007)

US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice today said Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf should “take off his uniform”, as Washington suspended annual defence talks with Islamabad because of the political situation there after the imposition . . . . (Freeze On Defence Talks With Us , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

President George W. Bush’s top national security aides say U.S. financial backing for Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts would go on uninterrupted despite the administration’s unhappiness with President Pervez Musharraf’s declaration of a . . . . (All Assistance To Pakistan Under Review, Says U.S., Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Lawyers take to streets again; return to constitutional path, says Rice (Protests Spread Across Pakistan, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

US President George W Bush says he gains influence with world leaders by building personal relations with them. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf got a dose of that diplomacy at the White House last fall, when Mr Bush hailed him as a friend . . . . (Bush's Mush Policy, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 06, 2007)

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday Pakistani President Pervez Musarraf should cut his affiliation with the Army and restore civilian rule. (Quit Army: Rice To Mush, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday said Pakistani President Pervez Musarraf should cut his affiliation with the Army and restore civilian rule. (Mush Should Give Up Army Post: Rice, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The reaction of 10 High Courts to the Judges (Inquiry) Bill envisaging the National Judicial Council (NJC) is quite interesting. (Special Article, Statesman, DEBAKI NANDAN MANDAL, Nov 06, 2007)

President George W Bush on Monday exhorted President Pervez Musharraf to hold elections and relinquish his army post “as soon as possible”. (Bush Tells Musharraf, Take My Advice: : End Emergency! , Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The Pakistan government, succumbing to worldwide pressure and the widespread condemnation of Saturday’s declaration of emergency, announced on Monday that general elections in the country would be held "according to schedule." (Pak Pm Says Elections To Be Held On Schedule, Asian Age, Shafqat Ali, Nov 06, 2007)

Pakistan's military ruler Pervez Musharraf promised to push ahead with elections amid international outrage on Tuesday over his emergency rule, with the United States demanding a return to democracy. (Musharraf Under Pressure Over Polls, The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

President Pervez Musharraf tightened the state of emergency in Pakistan on Sunday, as police rounded up hundreds of opponents and the government warned it could delay key elections for a year. (Hundreds Detained In Pakistan, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Police wielding assault rifles rounded up hundreds of opposition leaders and rights activists on Sunday after Pakistan’s military ruler, Gen Pervez Musharraf, suspended the constitution, ousted the chief justice and deployed troops . . . . . . (Us May Review Aid To Pakistan: Rice, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

A day after President Pervez Musharraf declared an emergency in Pakistan, hundreds of political and rights activists were arrested across the country on Sunday even as 75 Pakistani judges refused allegiance to the military leader. (Purge In Pak, Hundreds Held, Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Protesters shouted “shame on you!” as baton-wielding police empowered by Pakistan’s state of emergency violently broke up a rally today and rounded up hundreds of opposition activists nationwide. (General Cracks Down, Hundreds Held, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)


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