neo-Orientalism (ii)

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 31 08:54:39 UTC 2000

>administrative federal unit. When India started in 1947, the founding
>fathers were clear in calling it as  Indian Union. It was Indira Gandhi in
>1969 who changed it as Republic of India.

Please get your facts right first. The Indian constitution
still defines India as a Union of states. That has not
changed. Even as you read this, three new states are being
created within the Indian union.

India declared herself to be a Republic in the year 1950,
when Indira Gandhi's papa was the Prime Minister. Does
the date 26 January ring a bell? If you want more detail,
the preamble to the Indian constitution, adopted on 26
November 1949, called India a "Sovereign Democratic
Republic". In 1977, this was amended to read "Sovereign
Socialist Secular Democratic Republic." The additional
two words were Indira Gandhi's contribution.

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