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Hiss of the Serpent: The 59th Amendment

Anil Nauriya
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 23, No. 24 (Jun. 11, 1988), pp. 1211-1214
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4378607
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Hiss of the Serpent: The 59th Amendment
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Abstract

The constitution is expected by the country's rulers to perform the function of a mass anaesthesia. 'We have assumed the power to suspend the right to life and liberty in an emergency. On declaration of an emergency we therefore have the warrant to kill you, if we should so wish'-so runs the argument. It is not merely the political, bureaucratic and military establishments that have come to believe this; even the Supreme Court accepted the argument in the habeas corpus case during the 'internal emergency' in 1976.

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