This doctrine is applicable to pre-existing laws only. It implies that an existing law which violates fundamental right is not dead or void per-se but only becomes unenforceable. "It is over shadowed or eclipsed by the fundamental rights and remains dormant but it is not dead." If by subsequent amendment fundamental rights are amended in such a way as to give way to these laws, then these laws will again become active.
What is the doctrine of eclipse?
- Jayaprakash Kakada