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Please read the following article. I think this is excellent news.

Government plans to set up Constitution review committee on Republic Day
Law Minister Ram Jethmalani said that though the founding fathers of the
Constitution must be lauded for giving India one of the finest principal
laws, certain gaps need to be filled.

http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/20akd.htm

In my view, this is excellent news.

I do hope the Committee will invite comments from all interested parties. I 
hope IPI will play a major role.
What  would like to see is Presidential form of Government emerging from 
this review. I hope IPI can have a discussion on this issue.

Full article reproduced below.

suresh

Government plans to set up Constitution review committee on Republic Day


Amberish K Diwanji in Delhi

The National Democratic Alliance government is all set to draft a panel to 
review the Constitution, a move that has not been welcomed by the other 
political parties. It is believed the government will announce the names of 
the panel members on January 26, the 50th anniversary of the Indian Republic.
Speaking at a seminar yesterday, Law Minister Ram Jethmalani said though 
the founding fathers of the Constitution must be lauded for giving India 
one of the finest principal laws to guide the nation, the fact was that 
there were certain gaps that needed to be filled.
Jethmalani said though the basic structure of the Constitution had remained 
intact, there was scope for further review and hence the government would 
appoint a committee to review the Constitution.
However, the government is not defining any period for setting up the 
Committee.
"No such committee has been announced as yet and the picture is still not 
clear," Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley told rediff.com 
He added that there was no specific timeframe yet on setting up the committee.
The I&B minister refused to divulge names that were being considered as 
members of the panel.
However, reports indicate that the government will, in all likelihood, ask 
former President Ramaswamy Venkataraman to head the committee. The former 
President refused to confirm or deny whether he had been approached in this 
matter.
Venkataraman also served the nation as Union finance and defence minister 
and though he was a Congressman before becoming President, of late he has 
been seen as moving away from the Congress party. Venkataraman, who was one 
of the trustees of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, recently 
resigned his post. The IGNCA, headed by Sonia Gandhi, is in the midst of a 
legal battle against the government that is objecting to certain changes 
made in the governing clauses.
Appointing Venkataraman will be seen as being above partisan politics since 
he has or had little links to the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Rashtriya 
Swayamsevak Sangh. As a former President, his stature is above mere 
politics, and as a former Congressman the BJP can hardly be accused of 
promoting its agenda.
But the hurdle ahead is the disagreement of the other political parties. 
The Congress, the Communists, the Socialists and the Dalit parties are 
strongly opposed to any review of the Constitution.
The Congress, Communists and Socialists fear that the BJP wants to review 
the Constitution to promote its agenda. The Dalit parties are opposed to 
the review, interpreting any review as an insult to Dr B R Ambedkar, the 
chief architect of the Constitution who is revered by the Dalits of India 
as their greatest leader.
These parties have declared their intention of opposing any panel set up to 
review the Constitution.
"A Constitution review committee does not make sense," Congress spokesman 
and constitutional lawyer Kapil Sibal told rediff.com
Sibal also challenged the notion that the Constitution could be reviewed by 
a mere panel or committee, no matter howsoever qualified. "Reviewing the 
Constitution by just a committee is most inappropriate. It can only be done 
through a consensus of all political parties and through a much larger body 
representing more people," he stated.
He claimed the BJP's motive in seeking to review the Constitution was 
simply to perpetuate itself in power and to bring forth its "hidden agenda."
Asked if a Constitution review needed a constituent assembly rather than a 
review panel, Sibal replied, "I won't say specifically a constituent 
assembly, but it needs a body that the people of India can have faith in. 
The present set up of a few people manning it is not acceptable," he added.
Thus, given the opposition from the other political parties, both to the 
idea of a review and also to the kind of panel being set up, the government 
will have to tread cautiously, even as it prepares to announce the panel to 
coincide with Republic Day.

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Suresh Anand
Chief, Shipping Policy (Nautical)
Hong Kong Government
Marine Department
Harbour Building 21/F
38 Pier Road, Central
Hong Kong

Tel No. 852-2852 4603
Fax      852-2542 4841
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Please read the following article. I think this is excellent news.<br>
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<font size=3>Government plans to set up Constitution review committee on
Republic Day<br>
Law Minister Ram Jethmalani said that though the founding fathers of the
<br>
Constitution must be lauded for giving India one of the finest principal
<br>
laws, certain gaps need to be filled. <br>
</font><font size=3 color="#0000FF"><u><a
href="http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/20akd.htm"
eudora="autourl">http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/20akd.htm<br>
<br>
<br>
<br>
</a></font></u>In my view, this is excellent news.<br>
<br>
I do hope the Committee will invite comments from all interested parties.
I hope IPI will play a major role.<br>
What&nbsp; would like to see is Presidential form of Government emerging
from this review. I hope IPI can have a discussion on this issue.<br>
<br>
Full article reproduced below.<br>
<br>
suresh<br>
<br>
<font size=4><b>Government plans to set up Constitution review committee
on Republic Day<br>
<br>
</font></b></b><br>
<br>
</b><font size=3><i>Amberish K Diwanji</i> in Delhi <br>
The National Democratic Alliance government is all set to draft a panel
to review the Constitution, a move that has not been welcomed by the
other political parties. It is believed the government will announce the
names of the panel members on January 26, the 50th anniversary of the
Indian Republic. <br>
Speaking at a seminar yesterday, Law Minister Ram Jethmalani said though
the founding fathers of the Constitution must be lauded for giving India
one of the finest principal laws to guide the nation, the fact was that
there were certain gaps that needed to be filled. <br>
Jethmalani said though the basic structure of the Constitution had
remained intact, there was scope for further review and hence the
government would appoint a committee to review the Constitution. <br>
However, the government is not defining any period for setting up the
Committee. <br>
&quot;No such committee has been announced as yet and the picture is
still not clear,&quot; Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley
told <i>rediff.com</i> He added that there was no specific timeframe yet
on setting up the committee. <br>
The I&amp;B minister refused to divulge names that were being considered
as members of the panel. <br>
However, reports indicate that the government will, in all likelihood,
ask former President Ramaswamy Venkataraman to head the committee. The
former President refused to confirm or deny whether he had been
approached in this matter. <br>
Venkataraman also served the nation as Union finance and defence minister
and though he was a Congressman before becoming President, of late he has
been seen as moving away from the Congress party. Venkataraman, who was
one of the trustees of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts,
recently resigned his post. The IGNCA, headed by Sonia Gandhi, is in the
midst of a legal battle against the government that is objecting to
certain changes made in the governing clauses. <br>
Appointing Venkataraman will be seen as being above partisan politics
since he has or had little links to the Bharatiya Janata Party or the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. As a former President, his stature is above
mere politics, and as a former Congressman the BJP can hardly be accused
of promoting its agenda. <br>
But the hurdle ahead is the disagreement of the other political parties.
The Congress, the Communists, the Socialists and the Dalit parties are
strongly opposed to any review of the Constitution. <br>
The Congress, Communists and Socialists fear that the BJP wants to review
the Constitution to promote its agenda. The Dalit parties are opposed to
the review, interpreting any review as an insult to Dr B R Ambedkar, the
chief architect of the Constitution who is revered by the Dalits of India
as their greatest leader. <br>
These parties have declared their intention of opposing any panel set up
to review the Constitution. <br>
&quot;A Constitution review committee does not make sense,&quot; Congress
spokesman and constitutional lawyer Kapil Sibal told <i>rediff.com</i>
<br>
Sibal also challenged the notion that the Constitution could be reviewed
by a mere panel or committee, no matter howsoever qualified.
&quot;Reviewing the Constitution by just a committee is most
inappropriate. It can only be done through a consensus of all political
parties and through a much larger body representing more people,&quot; he
stated. <br>
He claimed the BJP's motive in seeking to review the Constitution was
simply to perpetuate itself in power and to bring forth its &quot;hidden
agenda.&quot; <br>
Asked if a Constitution review needed a constituent assembly rather than
a review panel, Sibal replied, &quot;I won't say specifically a
constituent assembly, but it needs a body that the people of India can
have faith in. The present set up of a few people manning it is not
acceptable,&quot; he added. <br>
Thus, given the opposition from the other political parties, both to the
idea of a review and also to the kind of panel being set up, the
government will have to tread cautiously, even as it prepares to announce
the panel to coincide with Republic Day. <br>
</font><br>
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<div>Suresh Anand</div>
<div>Chief, Shipping Policy (Nautical)</div>
<div>Hong Kong Government</div>
<div>Marine Department</div>
<div>Harbour Building 21/F</div>
<div>38 Pier Road, Central</div>
<div>Hong Kong</div>
<br>
<div>Tel No. 852-2852 4603</div>
<div>Fax&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 852-2542 4841</div>
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