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Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment of the Constitution of India

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Sixteen Stormy Days narrates the riveting story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of Indiaone of the pivotal events in Indian political and constitutional history, and its first great battle of ideas. Passed in June 1951 in the face of tremendous opposition within and outside Parliament, the subject of some of independent India's fiercest parliamentary debates, ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 20th 2020 by Penguin Random House India
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Krutika Puranik
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
| Book Review | Sixteen Stormy Days.

Somehow, we have found that this magnificent constitution that we had framed was later kidnapped and purloined by lawyers. - Jawaharlal Nehru.

Back in school, I remember my teacher explaining how the Indian Constitution is the longest written Constitution of any sovereign country. In spite of being an Indian, my knowledge about our Constitution was very limited in nature. When Sixteen Stormy Days was out in the market, I was curious to indulge in it. The nature
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Ruchi Patel
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Its a book of non fiction genre. Its the story of the first amendment to the constitution of India. And that is also a tagline of the book. I pick up non fiction book in between fiction because sometimes, I fear that I might loose touch of reality and definitely general knowledge and that is too based on India, everyone must have. On every republic day of India, I used to hear the sentence in speeches that on that day in 1950, we had our own constitution. Till then we were governing country by ...more
Ipshita Das
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen Stormy Days

Being a political science graduate and a law student this book turned out to be an informative read for me. The insight of the framers of the Constitution and the comments made by the official dignitaries while the enforcement of the Constitution and along with the first amendment which created a havoc in the society was all well mentioned here. Every citizens is somewhat familiar with the fundamental rights we are privileged with, but a very few know about how it all came
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Kanwarpal Singh
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is account of year 1950 when our Constitution was enforced in country of the people by the people for the people, and Author did a very deep research and dug out cases , circumstances role of different states, Role of jawahar lal Nehru , B.R.Ambedkar, Sardar vallabhai patel and other dignatories and how the rules got challenged , how they have to face wrath of several states, and what they did , Role of judiciary , abolition of zamindari system and Equality on the basis of caste , ...more
Noor Chopra
Do you like being up-to-date w.r.t. current affairs especially the political scenario in your country❓
Are you aware that India's constitution is over 30 times as long as the US'❓

It came into effect on 26th Jan.1950 after 3years of work.
The 1st amendment of The Constitution Of India happened within 16 days..Why❓❓
What was the socio-political scenario at that time & the reasons which led to this❓This book talks about all that with factual proof and a lot more.

As far as I can remember, I read
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John  Trident
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
As we all know from our history books since childhood, The Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950. When the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950, it repealed the Indian Independence Act. India ceased to be a dominion of the British Crown & became a sovereign democratic republic. The date of 26 January was chosen to commemorate the Purna Swaraj declaration of independence of 1930. All this can be deduced from what has been taught to us since our childhood ...more
Ronak Shah
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sixteen stormy days: the story of the first amendments of the Constitution of India.

Someone, please say I don't love hardcover🤣
First political read of 2020

I always try to stay away from politics. Because everyone thinks of there own benefit from it.

This book is full of information. If you are looking for something that will add a ton of value in your life then this is for you.

If you want to learn about our Constitution how it is made then you should definitely read this. This book talks about a
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Sofia Kazmi
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was way out of my comfort zone but still I wanted to read it to learn more about the Indian Constitution. .
Sixteen Stormy Days is, 'The Story of the first amendment to the constitution of India.'
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Learning about constitution was fun and one must have knowledge of it coming into existence. .
"Government is of the people, for the people and by the people." This was intriguing so I wanted to know more about how the Government was OF the people.
The book was really informative about the
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Nikhil
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen Stormy Days Tripurdaman Singh

Hardly had the ink dried on the brand new Constitution that the people of India had given themselves, there was a clamour for far-reaching amendments. The first major demand for amendment came in May 1950 by the Bihar Congress government and supported by socialists like Jayaprakash Narayan in the context of the Zamindari abolition laws.

And the first amendment was passed within 18 months of the Constitution coming into force, championed by Pt Nehru as he ran
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Akshat Upadhyay
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
There are excerpts of prescient speeches from luminaries such as Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Shibban Lal Saksena and Acharya Kriplani, among others, that lay out in a detailed manner the antagonisms amongst a set of people over the theory and practice of constitutionality. This is the refreshing strength of this book.

The Constituent Assembly deliberated over the creation of an Indian Constitution which, as per political theorist Madhav Khosla, was an attempt at creating a new language of democracy,
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Bhagyashree  Bagchi
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Crazybookbug
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
It Was last semester the subject 'Constitution' had been added to my semesterly syllabus the purpose of which was making the students aware of Amendments till now has besn done in our constitution. The book was thinner enough to read in an hour and the credit score of the subject was 0..

The credit score being 0 no student bothered read the book not even for the sake of writing exam chanting only one thing that "history is boring".

So the thing is there's lot we don't know about the thing that is
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Simrin
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Sixteen Stormy " The Story Of The First Amendment to The Constitution Of India " Days
Author: Tripuradaman Singh
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Cover: 5/5

We have the bulkiest written Constitution in the world and it wasn't easy to constitute the guidelines for this republic. There is the sweat and blood of a lot of people behind those 395 articles in 22 parts and 8 schedule (now 448 articles in 25 parts and 12 schedules). They had faced a lot of
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Pretty Little Bibliophile
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sixteen Stormy Days is about the sixteen days of debate in 1951, which led to the controversial first Amendment of the Indian Constitution. This book was a truly well-researched treatise on the why and how behind the major change in Indian Constitutional history.
In eloquent prose, the book goes over the changes that were made in the Constitution, which had been worked on for three years prior to this abrupt and fast sixteen-day debate. With the passing of the Amendment as the Constitution
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Dipali Gupta
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sixteen stormy Days by @Tripurdamansingh

The story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India

Nehru is the only Prime Minister who always remembered in and outside the parliament whenever any new act or amendment has to be done.
So this book for all those people who are exercising their right to protest or freedom of speech in the name of religion or politics.In this book I read about some past incidents of protest and after results through which i got to know about we have right to
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Mohit Solanki
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Sixteen Stormy Days " By Tripurdaman Singh is based on debate of 16 days for first Amendment of Indian Constitution.

Indian Constitution is world's largest constitution and I am very interesting in it to know more about it from my childhood. When I pick this book I think that I find regular info about constitution in it but when I start reading I really involved it in from start to end. I really appreciate the author for his research and fact representation which is not seen or read in normal
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Bibliobee
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
▪Very detailed and information intensive book it is. If you are looking to dig in constitution of India focusing on few arenas like Fundamental rights , the first amendment and abolition and changes brought to the socio political and economic development of the country in the very first planning years of Independent India read it. .
. ▪It tells the distinctive features of few articles along with the adjustments added to it later. Problems faced and actions taken. .
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.Author has included a lot of
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Storyteller_md_ak
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just after a short while of the birth of Indian constitution, there was a transition phase of power from britishers to indians. Country was making a book of vision with lots of challenges. Some progressive changes were required. There was also a lot of litigation regarding such as right to property viz. fundamental right, abolition of zamindari system, restrictions upon freedom of speech and expression in terms of friendly relation, foreign policies and public orders. Restrictions should be ...more
Rahul Bhawnani
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of its kind book which I read and let me tell you, it captivated my attention in the tantalizing details from the very beginning, when it all started. The 5 stars I present to this book (I did have a little tinkling to settle for 4, at times, for somewhere in the middle, it got a boring. But then... It was not all about that).

I have been interested in history since my childhood, so I have to speak to read this book, I have to say that this book lived up to my expectation.

The
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Anjedah / bookriot_awesomeyou
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sixteen stormy days provides a concise introduction to the Indian Constitution, with insights not only into its history but also the political and legal events that have contributed to its evolution.

It gives knowledge to about things which is not known by layman. Author tried to make us understand everything in a very detailed manner. It is must read to those people who want to know what constitution is all about . And I think it really help us in today environment.

Indian constitution is world
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Deepanshi Sharma
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
India's constitution is a very talked topic! This book tries to cover the story of our Constitution! It unfolds the esoteric part of our Constitution in the best way possible. It tells us the detailed story of our Constitution, how it all started, all the events which took place during this period, and the most interesting thing - why it was wholly amended by Jawaharlal Nehru after a debate of 16 long days! It also brings forward lots of press reports, debates, etc which happened during the ...more
The Book Critiques
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Sixteen Stormy Days' narrates the story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India.
The First Amendment deterred freedom of speech; enabled caste-based reservation; circumscribed the right to property and validated abolition of the zamindari system.
This book depicts the opposition faced both within and outside the parliament.
Being a law student myself I know the worth of Constitution. The Constitution of India is the longest constitution of any sovereign country. And trust me it is not
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Simran Bhatia
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment of the Constitution of India

by Tripurdaman Singh

As the title is evident, the book is about one of the relevant and most important event of Indian history when the diversity in opinions presented an effective measure to produce new ideas and brainstorm new developments without initiating the controversies but the truth is the opposite. Those sixteen days of 1951 counter to heavy debates of rational approaches to the extreme ammendments in our
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Roshni Bhattacharya
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Indian constitution has always been something of a mystery to me. Being a science graduate, I never had the luxury of exploring Indian political science and the dynamics associated with our constitution. This book came out to be extraordinarily informative to me.
Indian constitution is the longest written constitution-one that puts other constitutions to shame. When the rule makers took on the responsibility of drawing up the guidelines for the entire country, they weren't aware of the fact of
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Avani Shah
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Sixteen Stormy Days" by Tripurdaman Singh is a non-fiction based on the story of the first amendment to the Constitution of India. It is the narration of the one of the most decisive events in the history of Indian politics.

The book starts with giving us a little bit of the introduction of the whole scenario taking place for the amendment act. The introduction itself is very powerfully written by the author. If you're a person who loves historical novels, this one's a must read!

The book is a
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Kriti
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
soon after the constitution of India came into force, there rose a situation of great difficulty. Fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution played a vital role. It was stated that any Act that would violate the fundamental rights shall stand void. Resulting to which A few Acts had become void as the violated fundamental rights. The debate over zamindari took place. There were conflict of thoughts which led to the passing of Constitution (1st amendment bill). The reasons for the amendment ...more
Akshay Dalvi
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen Stormy Days portrays the inexplicable last sixteen days in the making of the First Amendment of Indian Constitution. This is book is a brilliant write up, with micro detailing of events that are unfolded one by one. The narration is fluid and I personally enjoyed it due to the interest that I have developed for political science.

Overall, the book is an amazing read. It allows us to know so much about our constitution and what went around to bring it into effect. Worth a read.

What I
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areader guy
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author of the book had done a lot of effort to write this book which can be seen in the book, the detailed explanation of incidents tell that how much research the author has done for this book to make it perfect for the readers.

The story is of the first-ever amendment made in the constitution of India that was in 1951, as the title says it-self sixteen stormy days in the story too it has been explained what was the amendment, how it was applied, what difficulties they face and how they
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Varun Kannan
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good narrative on how the First Amendment was brought about, and the reasons why Nehru insisted on the same despite opposition from within the Congress, media etc. Good account of how Nehru gave flawed reasons while justifying this amendment, and how this amendment created legal tools which future governments could misuse. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it , will definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Indian Constitutional law and Constitutional history.

One small criticism - the
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Saloni Sankhe
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
☆ Sixteen Stormy Days is an incredible book with information and reports related to the constitution of India.
☆ Talking about how the book was, it has a lot of information with well researched done by the author.
The book takes you through the entire voyage of the first amendment of the constitution of India. It gives you insight into the history of India which most of us don't know about. ☆ The book assists in understanding tons of topics related to Articles, roles, the judicial system, rights
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