22 September, 2020

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

An often nostalgic Guha progresses from the ‘loyal’ opposition of the early makers, radicalism of the independence struggle, to the questioning tone of later thinkers

Sanjay Rawat
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

In America at the moment, the grassroots protest movement known as the Tea Party puts great faith in the US Constitution. Popular devotion to the founding structural document of the United States extends some way beyond the bounds of reason, and much of the opposition to President Obama stems from the belief that he is betraying it. Tea Party goers regard the Constitution as divinely inspired, and believe it is the duty of politicians to interpret it to the letter, and to determine as closely as possible what the founders meant. India, with its many gods and sacred texts, does not regard its Constitution in this literalist way. Longer and more precise than the American version, it is seen as a well-balanced guide to managing a uniquely complicated and diverse polity, which must be honoured even while its message and directive principles are often ignored. Since many of the founders spoke fluently about their own ideas, it is usually possible to figure out what they hoped for, and intended.

Ramachandra Guha has put together and introduced...



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