'Sixteen Stormy Days' explains How Nehru's 1st Amendment gutted FOE

Last Modified Saturday, 12 December 2020 (20:07 IST)
New Delhi:An academic has raised serious questions about the traditional image
of Jawaharlal Nehru as the architect of India's democracy and the  guardian of its constitution.
Cambridge University scholar,  Tripurdaman Singh, says that Nehru's to the constitution gutted the original document with a seriously adverse impact on such as and ownership of property.
  
''The First Amendment was also passed in a constitutionally questionable  manner by a largely unelected provisional parliament and by an allegedly  improper use of constitutional articles that could amount to sleight of  hand. Unfortunately, this controversial exercise of power was  supported, for various reasons, both by Sardar Patel and BR Ambedkar.''
  
In  a 45-minute interview to a left leaning news portal about his recently published book  'Sixteen Stormy Days', told Karan Thapar that the  First Amendment to the constitution, passed in June 1951, introduced  curbs on freedom of speech which created the grounds to validate  sedition.
 
It also conferred on the executive additional powers to curb  free speech which Nehru may not have exploited but his successors  certainly did. He says the First Amendment "opened the floodgates for  drastic and oppressive laws" like the National Security Act, the  Maintenance of Internal Security Act and the Unlawful Activities  Prevention Act, which are often used to ban books, arrest journalists,  jail activists and harass political opponents.
  
According to a press release here on Sunday, in  the interview to a left leaning news portal , Tripurdaman Singh also said that the First  Amendment made the right to property "redundant" by providing grounds  not to enforce the requirement for equitable compensation. The right to  property thus ceased to be for all practical purposes a fundamental  right.(UNI)
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