The Legacy of Basic Structure Doctrine: 50 Years of the Kesavananda Bharati Verdict

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Published on: 25 April 2023 at 12:05 IST

On the occasion of 50 Years Golden Jubilee of the Kesavananda Bharati Verdict.

We Welcome you to this live session where we will be revisiting the concept of the “basic structure doctrine” of the Indian Constitution.

The doctrine was propounded by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 23rd April 1973 in the landmark case of Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerela. The court held that the amending power of the Constitution cannot be exercised in a manner that destroys or weakens its basic or fundamental features.

This doctrine has been a subject of discourse and debate for the last five decades, with certain concerns on ‘whether it poses a counter-majoritarian difficulty’. In this session, we will delve into the horizons of the doctrine and try to understand its implications for the Indian Constitution and the Indian polity.

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of this doctrine , join us as we explore this contemporary topic.

Guest Speaker- Abhinav K Shukla is a graduate of Hidayatullah National Law University with an honours in Constitutional Governance and Corporate Laws. He did his masters in law from O.P. Jindal Global University in Constitutional Laws and also has a distinction in GST Laws. He has been mentoring the CLAT aspirants since 2015 and has worked as faculty, mentor and national anchor with leading CLAT preparation institutions. He is a guest speaker at and also writes columns and articles for national newspapers: Hindustan Times, The Daily Guardian, The Pioneer New Delhi, The Hitavada.

He is presently working as Assistant Professor of Law at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur.

Host- Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

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