India at 75: The Constitution hasn't worked well in at least 105 ways

While the Constitution has worked well to preserve our rights and institutions, it hasn't worked well at all in at least 105 ways because it has been amended that many times

Constitution of India

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T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan
This is the first in a six-part series on how institutions—Constitution, Legislature, Executive, Judiciary, RBI and Concluding article—have worked since independence. This series will appear on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the run-up to 75th Independence Day on August 15.

There are two ways of looking at the Constitution over the last 75 years. The uncritical way is to say that it has worked well. The critical way is to say it has been amended 105 times, so how can you say it has worked well? 

As always, the answer lies in the middle. It has worked well in at least two ways: the preservation of rights and the functioning of our institutions. But it hasn’t worked well at all
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

First Published: Aug 01 2022 | 09:16 AM IST

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