The Indian constitution is truly a well written document. What sets it different is the people who wrote it, and the motive behind it. While American Constitution was written by white anglo-saxon farmers, French Constitution was given to it by an oppressed proletariat after a bloody revolution, and the judges of Britain are still figuring out how exactly to make a Constitution, India has a detailed and functional constitution in place!
Our constitution was crafted by the most emancipated minds of the time, and thankfully, not directed by the confused Nehruvian social policy that guided successive governments. Men like Ambedkar, B. N. Rau, Sardar Patel, K. M. Munshi and Alladi debated over to protect the basic freedoms of the new nation, with particular care being taken of the historically underprivileged. Apart from freedoms and rights and values, our constitution is also very detailed, like the sacred Muslim texts.
To me, it is a code of powerful ethical values. It guarantees rights, reminds of the collective goals, enshrines the fundamental duties, and defines the role of the three organs of state , but all these would be meaningless if the stakeholders do not rise to the occasion. Who are these men and women? In a broad sense, it is ‘We, the people’- each one of us, and not merely those holding elective and nominated offices. Let us not forget that every right has a corresponding duty and we are liable to it!