The Constitution and the national interest

In a land of over a billion minorities, the Indian republic—which owes its existence to the loftiest moral struggle in modern times—presents the best hope for the well-being and development of all its citizens.

Where we stand

In a land of over a billion minorities, the Indian republic—which owes its existence to the loftiest moral struggle in modern times—presents the best hope for the well-being and development of all its citizens. The survival, security and strengthening of the Indian nation and its institutions, therefore, is not only a matter of supreme moral consequence, but of immense human importance.

Frequently imperfect application, repeated attempts at its perversion and creeping cynicism about its effectiveness must not prevent us from recognising that the Constitution of India offers an enlightened way for us to organise our society and ensure the greatest welfare of all citizens. Surely this is something worth defending. We at The Indian National Interest community strongly believe so.

The above lines are from the inaugural editorial of Pragati. Today is a good day to renew our commitment.

5 thoughts on “The Constitution and the national interest”

  1. I stumbled upon this blog and in all fairness the Constitution of India is not a great document. It is nowhere close to the American Constitution in terms of defining principles or in its power of endurance. India is not a nation of laws, it is a nation of people. Whoever comes to power changes the Constitution and subverts it to say what they please. It is rubbish. It is a copy and paste document with bits taken from various Constitutions and a shoddy piece of work. There is not much thought that has gone into it. It does not deserve any respect. Unlike the US which owes a lot to the Constitution, Indian civilization existed for thousands of years before the Constitution of India was put together and the Constitution has not had much of an impact on India (except some negative impact).

  2. @Arvind:

    Your (non)argument holds no water. Indian Constitution is arguably the greatest singular achievement of this country for the last 100 years..may be more. (Freedom movement is not ‘singular’).

    Especially because of, as the author says so, its aspiration to lofty ambitions unheard of in this part of the world.

    India- for its inspiration had the autocratic Russia, China for its neighbor, or the theocratic Mesopotamian nations to further west. It could have become any of those.Instead it chose to be a secular liberal nation.A visionary step as seen by the recent failures of those forms of government.

    It tried to make a liberal secural nation out of a very religious one.

    It guaranteed equal rights to all its citizens which had never been the case in this land since centuries.

    I can go on.

    Lofty ambitions indeed.

    The constitution has ensured our nation has had no civil wars, no secession, no genocide, no religious movements .Count the countries that have imploded or fallen apart in recent years who got independence at around the same time. Grass is greener on the other side.

  3. I just finished reading a book “India in the Shadows of Empire: A Legal and Political History (1774-1950)” from Oxford University Press. From what I read in this book, the story of the Indian Constitution is lot more complex. This book tells the story of the Indian Constitution, together with the postcolonial Indian polity as whole, as an integral part of the history of the British Empire and anti-colonial movements. It is the most original work on modern Indian history I have read in a long time. It is a must read for anyone interested in getting a historical perspective on the Constitution and the confusing state of contemporary Indian politics.

  4. The name of the author of “India in the Shadows of Empire” is Mithi Mukherjee.

  5. “Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
    Found this written somewhere.

    Personally even though I am guilty of the same but still the search for extraordinary in human effort while not acknowledging the perfection of that which is around is quite a bit totalitarian.

    Indian constitution may not be original (how could it be). The effort that goes into making a constitution successful always is.

    Lets hope, those who are born under it can do justice to it.

    Hope I dont fall short.

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