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Ordinance Raj in India

Check out the newest India in Transition publication, Constitutionally Lawless: Ordinance Raj in India by Shubhankar Dam, Associate Professor of Law at Singapore Management University School of Law. In it, he discusses the loosely interpreted Article 123 of the Indian Constitution, granting the president the right to issue ordinances when it is “necessary for him to take immediate action.” Dam argues that “the Indian story of ordinances, then, is effectively a story about the loss of constitutional meaning.” For more on Dam’s research, check out his recent book, Presidential Legislation in India: The Law and Practices of Ordinances.