The author of the following booklet ” Compensation or Expropriation?: An Analysis of Article 31 of the Indian Constitution ” Dr Rustom C.Cooper attempts to evaluate only one and limited aspect of our Constitution, namely, persons’ right to compensation for property. The author cites several examples in which citizen’s fundamental rights to just compensation have been violated, when the government takes over their property, particularly state governments. The author goes on to say that permitting a transitory majority in a State legislature to abuse individual’s fundamental rights puts the country in grave danger, which he defends by citing the West Bengal Estates Acquisition Act 1953 as an example in which the rights of landlords’ were acquired by the state.The relevant practise of our constitution, according to the author, should serve as a serious eyeopener to every citizen, as it clearly demonstrates how doctrinaire thinking, when combined with the fundamental law of the land, can undermine some of the most important institutions such as the right to private property, and render citizens helpless in the face of the state. The author further concludes by saying that, one of man’s most fundamental liberties is the ability to acquire and own property. A man does not enjoy the other freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly, and life in those places where he is not free to own property and select his vocation.