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Democracy's holy book

Democracys   holy book

While the nation tries to make sense of what and how matters have been unfolding in Maharashtra, Samvidhan Divas, the National Law Day went by on November 26—the day chosen to spread the importance of the Constitution and to propogate thoughts and ideas of Ambedkar, its founding father. The noble sentiments with which the foundation of modern Indian democracy was laid serve as a guiding star in the changed times today with far more advanced ways and methods of statecraft and governance. But, in how matters have transpired in recent times, the flag bearers of India's democracy have acquired the skill of circumventing its constitutional order, and do so without impunity. Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis who quit three days later claimed the moral high ground as he resigned ahead of imminent ouster in a floor test in the State Assembly. The Supreme Court intervened with urgency in order to "protect democratic values" and laid down the rules and timelines, ring-fenced the floor test and pre-empted manipulation, observing that when "there is a possibility of horse trading, it becomes incumbent upon the Court to act". The manipulation of provisions and the rush to grab power would point to a rather ignored but very crucial component of the Constitution: the fundamental duties which although not enforceable, are expected to be adhered to assuming educated and well-informed citizens would be mindful of democratic and Constitutional values and hold them in high regards. If there is anyone that could be looked upon for dispensing one's constitutional duties, it may be the politicos. But far from truth as it is, the notion of fundamental duties remains buried beneath the weight of power-mongering politics and a largely ignorant citizenry. President Kovind's call for constitutional morality among all organs of the state and persons holding constitutional posts, during celebrations in Parliament on Tuesday has been ironical in the face of what followed in Maharashtra and the court's order which called into question the propriety and intention of the Centre and the Governor. Not violating Constitutional morality is a duty of India's democratic representatives. In a perfect India, the race to capture power would not violate the sanctity of the Constitution.

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