IS CONSTITUTION A HOLY BOOK?


Many of the administrators explicitly tell that for them ‘Constitution of India is a holy book’ though, in reality, they infringe it.


Holy texts are those which carries the words of God or that which emphasizes the Lord’s purposes and His preaching. The staunch believers of religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam believe in following the preaching and teachings of their holy book as much as possible. They have greater faith in their Lord and believe that God’s words cannot be false. As such, they never question these teachings. For them, questioning the holy texts is considered as questioning the God himself; the right path to live is, to follow all the teachings mentioned in the holy book without rejecting anything. Hence, they argue that those who question or selectively reject the teachings of God should be punished. But we know that it has not been possible for many to follow the holy book in its entirety.


Indian Constitution is not a holy text. This scripture is the construction by humans through logic and reasoning. Constitution makers have never claimed to be perfect overtly it considers itself to be imperfect, and it compromises on this. There is a clear mention that Articles of the Constitution can be questioned in the Court of Law and amendments, by elected members of the Lok Sabha and Vidhana Sabha’s of the Country can be made to this text with a reason when the time demands. This is the beauty of our constitution. Constitution will never enforce the right way of life. Instead, it gives to the citizens their rights and responsibility.


Except for Sikh religion, no other religion, of Indian origin, has any ‘holy book’. When Hindus started living with Christians and Islam, they started thinking about having a ‘holy book’. Some claimed that ‘Bhagvad Geetha’ as their holy book. Swami Vivekananda announced that ‘Upanishads’ are similar to the Bible for Hindus. Few others claimed ‘Vedas’ as their holy book.


However, to read all the lines in these three texts was impossible for the Hindus. Many of them have learnt stuff like, how to lead a life? How to pray? What are the different religious practices to be followed? What is right and what is wrong? Only by observing and following the practices and social regulations.


Majority of Indians do not have a clear cut stand either over their holy book or over the Constitution of their Nation. They preach to consider the women as Goddesses and worship but treating them as second-grade members; ill-treat them in the day to day life and not letting them to be elected to the Legislatures.


The Constitution is only symbolically respected. Many of us are celebrating 26th January as Republic day without actually knowing its importance and adhering to it.


Holy texts may be worshiped; but the Constitution need not be, as worshiping is against the intent of the constitution itself. It is only to be respected and followed by every citizen.

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