Thursday, 11 August 2016

What We Did Not Know About Our Constitution

Recently we learnt about a new expert on the Indian Constitution. So far the experts had interpreted the Constitution after reading what it says. The new expert, known as “Naqeeb-e-Millat, (“Leader of the community”), has given his interpretation after discovering what it does not say. We have to believe him because he is L.L.B, and Barrister-at-Law from Lincolns Inn, England.

“I won’t utter ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ (‘Victory to Mother India’) even if you put a knife to my throat because the Indian Constitution does not require me to say so.”   Naqeeb-e-Millat ,declared, publicly and loudly. His followers cheered him but they wanted no learn more about their rights.

One of the followers asked, “Can I speak lies? Do you speak lies?”

“Yes, I do speak lies and so can you.” He thundered.

“Why?” The follower wanted to be enlightened.

“The Constitution of India does not debar us from speaking lies. Where does it say that one cannot speak lies?”

“Can anybody force me to speak truth?” Asked another follower.

“Nobody can force you to speak truth. Not even by putting a knife on your neck. The Constitution does not say that you must speak truth.” came the emphatic assurance.

The leader teaches Indian Constitution in public. At home, he gets lessons from Owaisi Jrs.

When he asked one of the Owaisi Jrs why he was not going to school, he got a reply only a knowledgeable person can give. “Why should I go? The Constitution does not require me to go to school.”

The father could not behave like Naqeeb-e-Millat. So he behaved like a father and a lawyer. He gave the reason: “Under the Constitution, it is my duty to provide opportunities for educationg you between the age of 6 and 14 years. Moreover, under the Right to Education Act, it is your right, in fact right of every child between the age of 6 and 14 years, to get education.”

Now it was Owaisi Sr’s turn  to get lessons from Owaisi Jr. After all ‘child is father of the man’.
“Under the Constitution, it may be your duty to provide opportunities for educating your children but it is not my duty to receive education. Under the RTE it may be my right to get education but it is not my duty to study. The school will have to promote me even if I don’t study.” Owaisi Jr explained the constitutional and legal position.

Owaisi Sr is not the one to accept defeat easily. He reasoned with the son, “But  dear, it is in your own interest to study.”

“Nobody can force me to study. Not even at gunpoint.” The younger generation has gone beyond ‘knife on neck’.

Father got angry. “You must learn to respect your parents.”

Father’s son had a ready reply. “Where does the Constitution say that I must respect my parents? I will not show respect for my parents even at gunpoint because the Indian Constitution does not require me to do so.”

Father had to accept that Constitution did not require the son to respect his parents.

The future of such knowledgeable persons is bright. I imagine one day the father tells his son that it was time for him (I mean the son) to get married.

By now Owaisi Jr has become more learned. “I will not get married. Nobody can force me to get married even at gunpoint. Where does the Constitution of India say that I must get married.” He told his father, loudly and clearly.

Father who swears by Constitution accepts that Constitution of India does not say anywhere that one must get married.

This is only the beginning of   lessons on what Constitution does not say.

By Devendra Narain at indiaopines blog