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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The Constitution of India was drawn up by a Constituent Assembly (established in accordance with the Cabinet Mission Plan, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar) initially summoned on Dec. 9, 1946, under the president ship of Sachidananda Sinha, for undivided India. On July 1, 1947, the British parliament passed the 'Indian Independence Act', to divide in to India and Pakistan

With the partition of India the representatives of East Bengal, West Punjab, Sind and Baluchistan, N-W Frontier Province and the Sylhet Dist. of Assam, which joined Pakistan, ceased to be members of the Constituent Assembly.  On August 14, 1947, the Constituent Assembly meet again as the Sovereign Constituent Assembly for the Dominion of India under the presidentship of Sachidanandha Sinha.  On the demise of Sinha, Dr. Rajendra Prasad became the President of the Assembly. A draft Constitution was published in February 1948. 284 out of 299 members appended their signature to the Constitution and finally adopted it on 26th Nov 1949. It came into effect on 26th Jan 1950.



The scare tactics used by the U.K.’s MI5 chief this week may win a few headlines to help the state, but do grave long-term damage. (Fear Speeches Are Utterly Self-Defeating, Hindu, Simon Jenkins, Nov 08, 2007)

It may be that India remains the only stable democracy in this part of the world, but we are obliged to remember that our democratic habits and manners are under daily assault from different sources. (A Few Simple Lessons From Pakistan Statecraft, Hindu, Harish Khare , Nov 08, 2007)

From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)

ONGOING political turmoil and deteriorating security have purportedly touched off the proclamation of emergency rule in Pakistan. (Other Voices - Pusto Press, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

GEORGE Orwell understood both tyranny and language very well. One of his many insights in this context is that tyrannical governments change the meaning of words. (Emergency Or Martial Law?, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

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)

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)

TOO much thinking does not produce clarity but only confusion. Our contemplative Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, seems to be thinking so much and so hard about the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal that he and his government have become the epitome of . . . . (American Pressure, Frontline, Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, Nov 08, 2007)

The Tehelka sting operation underscores the urgency of simultaneously pursuing the prosecution of the culprits and fighting Hindutva politically in a spirited way. (Unfinished Agenda, Frontline, Praful Bidwai, Nov 08, 2007)

Three books that constitute an instructive guide to governance in the United Kingdom. (Politicians & Lies, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 08, 2007)

Warlord Fazlullah has taken another town in Swat, and the local police have surrendered in routine, its personnel promising never to fight against him again. (The Challenge Of Swat, Daily Times, Editorial, Daily Times, Nov 08, 2007)

OECD’s World Energy Outlook predicts a bleak global energy scenario. The global demand for oil is projected to reach 116 million barrels per day by 2030. Even as oil prices rise to unprecedented levels, the Government is reluctant to take the . . . . (Inclusive Growth Runs Into An Oil Slick, Business Line, G. Srinivasan , Nov 08, 2007)

THE 25 accused in the Tokyo War Crimes Trial were charged with crimes against peace: the planning, preparation, initiation, or waging of a declared or undeclared war of aggression, or a war in violation of international law, treaties. (A Dishonest Judgment, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 07, 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)

A multi-party federal political system, which is accommodative to regional and sectional identities, helps in ensuring inclusiveness, renowned economist Lord Meghnad Desai said here today. (‘Multi-Party Polity Helps Inclusiveness’ , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

In a populist measure that ought to have been avoided, the Haryana Chief Minister last Thursday waived the house tax in the urban areas and the “chullah” tax in the rural areas from April, 2008, provided the tax payees clear their arrears . . . . . . (Scrapping House Tax, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose Emergency in Pakistan looks like his last desperate effort to restore a semblance of order in a nuclear-armed, jihad-supporting nation propped up by an imagined identity and foreign aid (General's Last Gambit, Pioneer, Wilson John, Nov 07, 2007)

The Indian government, relieved that for the first time it is not being perceived or blamed as a part of the problem during an internal crisis in Pakistan, is hoping for the process of ‘democratisation’ to begin as it closely monitors the evolving . . . . (India Seeks Peace, Stability In Pakistan, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, 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)

Land is the issue,” was the unanimous conclusion of a public hearing here on Monday on “Special Economic Zones and Land Rights” by Navdanya. (Land Is The Issue, Say Farmers At Public Hearing On Sezs, Hindu, GARGI PARSAI, Nov 07, 2007)


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