Vineeth Krishna

Research Associate

Vineeth graduated with a B.A. from St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore. He completed his MA in Development (Law and Governance) at the Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

Vineeth is interested in studying Indian constitutionalism through the lens of political theory and intellectual history.



India’s founders gave us our Constitution. We must prove to them that we can keep it

November 28, 2018

In this article, published on Consitution Day 2018, Vineeth Krishna warns against assuming that India will always remain a constitutional democracy. He argues for viewing the Constitution as a ‘civic’ and emphasises the need to create a popular constitutional culture in India.

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Constitution framers did not anticipate use of criminal law in reforming Muslim Personal Law

September 26, 2018

Vineeth Krishna, Lead Associate Editor at CLPR, adds a historical perspective to the recent debate on the role of criminal law in Muslim personal law reform triggered by the passing of the Muslim Women (Protection of tights of Marriage) Ordinance, 2018.

This piece is part of ConQuest-ThePrint series of articles on Indian constitutional and political history

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Framers Of India’s Constitution Were Divided On Representative Government For Delhi

July 17, 2018

Vineeth Krishna E, Lead Associate Editor at CLPR, writes in The Caravan Magazine’s web exclusives ‘Vantage’ on how the framers of the Constitution engaged with the question of representative government for Delhi. He traces the conflict that emerged at the committee and debate stages of the Constituent Assembly.

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Dear Ravi Shankar Prasad, soul of Constitution resides not in images, but in its text

May 31, 2018

Vineeth Krishna E, Lead Associate Editor at CLPR, argues in The Print against reading too much into the imagery found in the original manuscript of the Indian Constitution. He further points out that the framers of the Constitution saw the constitution-making process as a break from the past rather than a continuation.

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Saving the Date: January 26th and the Constituent Assembly

February 4, 2017

In this article, Vineeth Krishna examines the constitutional and historical reasons for choosing 26th January as India’s Republic Day.

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Alcohol and State Revenue: The Debate in the Constituent Assembly

May 30, 2020

One of the first steps that many Indian States embarked on as part easing coronavirus related lockdown measures was to allow liquor shops to sell alcohol. Serpentine queues were a common sight at liquor shop across States in India. The restlessness of the State governments to open liquor shops was quite evident – bringing its dependence on alcohol-based  revenue into sharp relief.

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The Women’s Indian Association and Indian Constitutional Thought: Part II

March 16, 2020

In Part I, we looked at the Women’s Indian Association’s (WIA) involvement in constitutional negotiations with the British in the late 1910s. The WIA vociferously demanded equal voting rights for women – but the British did not budge.  During this time, Indian leaders were also demanding measures for greater levels of self-government. These too, the British dismissed. Indian legislators across the country were becoming restless.

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The Women’s Indian Association and Indian Constitutional Thought: Part I

March 8, 2020

Unlike the American constitutional founding – spearheaded by men, the Indian Constituent Assembly, that drafted the Indian Constitution, comprised women. Until recently, public memory had discarded the contribution or even the presence of these women. But what about the period before the formal constitution-making process?

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