As the Constitution came into force on the 26th January 1950, President Dr. Rajendra Prasad was faced with the challenge of intrepreting his role based on the given provisions. He queried with Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Attorney General M.C. Setalvad. Being a distinguished Lawyer himself, he felt that the matter needed further examination and entrusted the work to Prof. Balakrishna on confidential basis. In early 1990's, Prof Balakrishna published a treatise on the Role of the President replete with examples including many controversial political events.