23 January, 2021

If The Architect Came By In 2016

What would Nehru see if he were to revisit India today? He’d be happy to see his basic blueprint in action. (So what if the details mess it up.)

If The Architect Came By In 2016

I think he would be delighted to find that democracy ­remains firmly entrenched in the soil of his beloved India, nurtured by the Constitution he so laboured to shape in the name of “We, the people of India”. For Nehru was among the very few freedom fighters from colonial countries who fought not just for the independence of his country, but principally for the liberation of its people. Note that at the time of Independence, there were only 51 member-states of the United Nations. Today, there are 198. Thus, close to 150 new nations have emerged into liberation of one kind or another since August 1947. But of all 150, India rem­ains about the only one to have become and remained a dem­ocracy all these years. That is why the uninterrupted continuation of constitutional democracy remains Nehru’s and India’s biggest accomplishment (remember, even Indira Gandhi’s Emergency was declared within the framework of the Constitution and so validated by the Supreme Court). This is the singular achievement that could be said to have fulfilled...



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