The English-American political theorist and philosopher, Thomas Paine, in his seminal work, The Rights of Man had, with great insight noted: “A Constitution is the property of a Nation, and not of those who exercise the Government.” While a Constitution lays down a sound scheme for an effective, yet a limited government, it, at the same time enumerates certain ideals, which it expects the citizens to pursue, in order to achieve the common good. A Constitution is not merely a document for governance, it is indeed, “a way of life” seeking to inculcate a culture of constitutionalism and morality in the individuals, which is based on the principles, standards and norms enshrined in its themes. The aim of a Constitution is to enable the departure of a people from the old and the archaic, to usher in a new era of peace, stability, and more importantly a civilized order.
The people of India attained independence in 1947 and successfully enacted the Constitution in 1950, which drew inspiration from the working of various Constitutions, adopting provisions and modifying them to suit the interests of the Indian milieu. The Supreme Court of India, in filling the lacunae of the law, has ensured adherence to the constitutional principles, in its consistent efforts to imbibe a culture of constitutionalism in the people. Aristotle very rightly said, “The greatest of all the means of ensuring the stability of constitutions…is the education of the citizens in the spirit of their constitution. There is no profit in the best of laws, even when they are sanctioned by general civic consent, if the citizens themselves have not been attuned by the force of habit and the influence of teaching, to the right constitutional temper.”
Established to achieve the very same, the Indian Journal of Constitutional & Administrative Law (IJCAL), seeks to make the public more informed about the Constitution and its working, both of which play the most fundamental role in any polity, thereby trying to bridge the existing gap between the intellectuals and the common man. At the same time, it endeavours to provide a resource repository in the form of research papers, articles, essays and case comments, for academicians, lawyers and judges in dealing with the pressing issues arising in this field of study. Recognising the ever increasing role of the Executive, and the permeating boundaries of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, IJCAL, in its effort to better and foster research and scholarship, seeks to provide a platform for a separate and a thorough study in the area of Administrative Law, in order to achieve holistic outcomes. Acknowledging, that with the advent of global constitutionalism, increased reliance is being placed on the Constitutional working of different jurisdictions, IJCAL aims to undertake a rigorous analysis of Comparative Constitutional Law as well, in order to provide practitioners with practical opinions for reforming the Indian Constitutional setup and to ensure the enactment of progressive laws.
IJCAL seeks to encourage path breaking research work in the fields of Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Theory, and other ancillary subjects like Legal Philosophy and International Law, in order to revolutionise the traditional study of Constitutional Law in India. The Journal, being a bi-annual law review will publish two issues in a year; one in March another in September.