Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ontological presuppositions of the Constitution of India

Ontological presuppositions contained in the Constitution of India are rarely discussed and the secularists’ glee in banishing religion from the affairs of the State is rather too facile. The Constitution itself is accorded a somewhat sacred status, and elaborate oath taking ceremonies are conducted ritualistically for defending its provisions. The hierarchy that it sets forth resembles the pattern spelled out in mythological stories.

Lockean liberalism, of course, is the chief inspiration. But, privileging patriotism and democracy errs on the side of Humean passion, whereas universal suffrage leans unreasonably more towards Kantian reason. This supposed advantage, however, is invalidated by the irrational motivations of the voters. [TNM]

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