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The Constitution and Supreme Court

The Indian Constitution, true to its commitment to the federal imperative, includes the important provision that any amendment which may affect rights granted by the Constitution to the federated states can be made only with the consent of the majority of the constituents, obtained by methods prescribed by the Constitution. Despite such clarity, some important aspects of the Indian Constitution have been misunderstood from time to time; the misunderstanding has occurred at the highest levels of government and the judiciary. These institutions moreover, have underestimated the part public opinion can play in acting as a proper guardian of the Constitution.

US versus UN

US versus UN Pran Chopra Reforming the United Nations: The Challenge of Relevance by K P Saksena; Sage Publications India, New Delhi, 1993; pp 270, Rs 265.

Towards a Nuclear Free World

Towards a Nuclear Free World Pran Chopra The nuclear weapons scenario is not as bleak today as it was when India first refused to sign the NPT on the ground that it was discriminatory and in the exising form would threaten India's security. A number of changes have taken place which if built upon constructively can make it easier to reconcile non-proliferation and India's security concerns and bring nearer the day when the nuclear bomb may cease to be tin instrument of the national policy of any country.

More on Indian Foreign Policy

Pran Chopra India's Foreign Policy since 1971 by Robert Bradnock; Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1990; pp 128, price not stated. BOOKS on foreign policy run into a hazard with which all students of the subject are familiar by now: thai the author's focus is on a fast moving train. For Robert Bradnock the problem has been further compounded by a discordance between the tide and the contents of the book, and by some slight uncertainty about the audience to be aimed at.

Foreign Policy in a Changing World

Pran Chopra The world is transiting from the unwelcome certainties of the cold war period to the welcome uncertainties released by perestroika. The fixed points of bipolarity have been replaced by a flux whose power can be felt but direction is unknown. The change has terminated the stable context in which India's foreign policy had matured. What will now guide it? 7b which courses? Some guesses are offered, and some recommendations, in what is mainly, however, an exploration, a conjectural interpretation unguided by researched references.

Towards a Free Press

Towards a Free Press Towards a Free Press cratic process and the outlook of the press come into a sensitive juxtaposition. It needs to be handled wisely by Pran Chopra all those who have a responsibility towards ensuring that the press functions THE terms of reference of the Press Commission accord the topmost priority to issues concerning the ownership of the press, the financial control of newspapers, and their management structures. This is borne out by the fact that three-quarters of the terms relate to these issues. It is welcome that the terms of reference should he so drawn up. If public opinion is a major lever in a democratic system, it is necessary to ensure as far as may be possible that everyone has a fair access to the channels through which public opinion expresses itself and to the platforms which educate, guide and influence public opinion. In so far as the press is one of these channels and platforms, fair access to the press must be ensured; anything which undermines or restricts this access for any group or interest, or confers undue control of this access upon any group or interest deserves to be countered.

SOUTHEAST ASIA- The American Connection Still in Demand

September 13, 1975 of like-minded political forces wedded in varying degrees to social change. They see it as. an alliance of conflicting economic and social interests which was pulling in different directions from its very birth.

ASEAN- A Blueprint for Neutrality

Pran Chopra THE neutralisation of Southeast Asia has so far been only a set of pious intentions. But it is now taking the shape of a proposition. Senior officials of the ASEAN countries have nearly completed a blueprint for neutrality, and if Malaysian hopes bear fruit

OVERSEAS CHINESE- Phase V in Nanyang

DURING the centuries of Imperial China, all Chinese, wherever living, were regarded as the inalienable and unviolable children of Mother China. Inalienable because not even they, let alone the countries in which they livd, were considered by China to be competent to question its jurisdiction over them; and unviolable at least during those periods when they could not be pushed around by anyone for fear of China. Especially respectful of this fear were the countries of the South Seas, or of Nanyang as Imperial China had named these waters.

The Islamic World and Muslim Minorities

THE dominant theme at the recent fifth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers in Kuala Lumpur in June was Palestine, an issue which evokes a strong Islamic affinity between many Muslims. But so closely does it mingle with two other affinities

Freeing the Free Press

'Freeing' the 'Free' Press Pran Chopra The main source of the shortcomings of the Government's current proposals to diffuse the ownership of newspapers is that they rely exclusively on the law and not at all on incentive. And that too they do by extending to such a varied and flexible industry as newspaper publishing the complicated provisions of India's most cumbersome piece of legislation, the Companies Act.
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