Don’t blame the Constitution

Look at the part the people and the parties play

An extract from the speech by Dr BR Ambedkar detailing the accomplishments of the Constituent Assembly of India, also popularly known as the Grammar of Anarchy speech (Constituent Assembly Debates Volume 11):

As much defence as could be offered to the constitution has been offered by my friends Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Ayyar and Mr. T.T. Krishnamachari. I shall not therefore enter into the merits of the Constitution. Because I feel, however good a Constitution may be, it is sure to turn out bad because those who are called to work it, happen to be a bad lot. However had a Constitution may be, it may turn out to be good if those who are called to work it, happen to be a good lot. The working of a Constitution does not depend wholly upon the nature of the Constitution. The Constitution can provide only the organs of State such as the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. The factors on which the working of those organs of the state depends are the people and the political parties they will set up as their instruments to carry out their wishes and their politics. Who can say how the people of India and their parties will behave or will they prefer revolutionary methods of achieving them? If they adopt the revolutionary methods, however good the Constitution may be, it requires no prophet to say that it will fail. It is, therefore, futile to pass any judgement upon the Constitution without reference to the part which the people and their parties are likely to play.[Link]


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4 Responses to Don’t blame the Constitution

  1. rishi January 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    One of my major peeves with the Constitution is the ease with which it can be amended. Anybody with a 2/3rd majority in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha can amend the constitution. It should be more difficult, with at least 2/3rd of the states also agreeing to the change.

    This would have stopped many many changes which were passed without due thought.

  2. Contemplationist January 30, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    It is meaningless to blame people and not the constitution itself when the damn thing couldn’t hold up for even two decades. Look at how the modicum of respect for property rights and free speech was eviscerated by Nehru and Indira.
    Whatever promise the constitution held is gone. It is now an anti-national, repugnant document justifying exercise of arbitrary, anti-national power by crooks and thieves. Time to gut it, and start anew.

  3. Dr.Ambedkar rocks. "@pragmatic_d wise words of Dr Ambedkar: "

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