Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap
Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap had his higher education and professional training at Allahabad (1946-53), New Delhi, Washington D.C., Dallas, London and Geneva. Dr. Kashyap began his professional career as a journalist and as Asstt. Professor at the University of Allahabad. He took Advocate’s training at the Allahabad High Court in 1952-53.
He lived for some years in Washington D.C. (USA) and Geneva (Switzerland). An experienced administrator and well-known scholar, widely travelled all over the world, he was intimately associated with Parliament of India for over 37 years from the first Lok Sabha days of Nehru and Mavalankar. He took voluntary retirement from the post of Secretary-General of Lok Sabha. He was Honorary Constitutional Adviser to Government of India on PRI laws. Earlier, he was Director of the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies and as an international civil servant, headed the C.I.D.P. and was Secretary (Political) at IPU Geneva. He was a Member of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution and Chairman of its Drafting and Editorial Committee (2000-2002). Also, he has been Chairman of some high-level committees, Member of the Governing Boards of Auroville Foundation and the Indian Council of Social Science Research and Editor-in-Chief of Indian Social Science Review. He has been invited to deliver addresses – including Convocation, Inaugural and others – at some of the most prestigious Universities.
He was elected Member of the Board of Directors of the International IDEA
(Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) at Stockholm, Sweden for 3 years. Also, he has been on the Advisory/Governing Boards of a number of national and international organizations, journals, institutes, universities etc. He was on the Committee for the selection of the most outstanding parliamentarian of the year and also on several committees for selection of Vice-Chancellors of Universities.
He was awarded the Honorary title of Commander and degree of H.O.A.S.F. (Honorary Order of the Academy of San Francisco). Recipient of many other distinctions and honours within and outside India, he was U.S Congressional Fellow of the A.P.S.A. (Washington D.C.), UNDP Fellow and consultant, Fellow of the Academy of American and International Law (Dallas) etc. He received the Motilal Nehru Award twice and several State Prizes from the Government of India and State Governments for the best works in law and political science including the Government of India First Prize for History of Parliament (Sansad Ka Itihas), 2 Vols. He has been a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow and received ‘Vidur Samman’, ‘Rajiv Smriti Samman’ ‘Vidhi Seva Samman’, ‘Param Vishist Seva Award’ and ‘Samvidhan Shiromani’, ‘Ambassador of Peace’ and ‘Great Son of the Soil’ Awards among others.
Dr. Kashyap was incharge of the five-volume project on Framing of India’s Constitution (Shiva Rao Committee). He has published over 100 books (in English and Hindi). 60 of these are original works (some multi-volume) and 50 are edited works. He has contributed to prestigious journals and leading Dailies in India and abroad nearly 1000 research papers and articles. Several of his works have been translated into other languages. He has often been consulted by some of the highest functionaries at the centre and at State capitals on constitutional and parliamentary matters. Also, he has been cited as an authority. Some of the most distinguished scholars abroad and in India have quoted him profusely in their works.
A few of his works in English are: 1. Constitutional law of India, (2 Vols.), 2. History of the Parliament of India (6-Vols.), 3.Parliamentary Procedure, Law, Privileges, Practice and Precedents (2 Vols.).4.Blueprint of Political Reforms, 5.The Citizen and Judicial Reforms, 6.Concise Encyclopedia of Indian Constitution, 7.Anti-Defection Law and Parliamentary Privileges, 8.Our Political System, 9.History of the Freedom Movement, 10.National Resurgence through Electoral Reforms, 11.Eradication of Corruption and Restoration of Values, 12.Reforming the Constitution, 13.Judicial Activism and Lokpal, 14. Indian Constitution - Conflicts and Controversies, 15. Concise Encyclopedia of Indian Policy and Governance, 16. Constitution Making Since 1950 etc. Besides, there are many original works written in Hindi.
His paperbacks on ‘Our Constitution’ and ‘Our Parliament’ published by N.B.T. have been translated in almost all the Indian languages and sold in lakhs.
Several of his works carried very appreciative Forewords or/and were released by Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Prime Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers and personalities like Jaya Prakash Narayan.