chapter  4
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Another idea of democratic governance

The first characteristic of the Indian rights revolution is the salience of group rights, which began with the first moment of constitutionalism in India the Morley Minto Reforms, and then progressed through various phases to find its shape in the constitution of independent India. It is this contradictory experience which they can term as the concrete universality of law and the constitution that makes the post-colonial experiences of constitutionalism globally relevant. If the history of constitution-making in most of the world is any guide, we can see that it is violence that makes constitution possible. The press played a central role in spreading popular constitutionalism. Political parties played a similar crucial role. The press played a central role in spreading popular constitutionalism. Political parties played a similar crucial role. The central conflict in the constitutional sphere is in this way epitomized in the phenomenon of popular constitutionalism.