A vast majority of well-intentioned, patriotic Indians believe in the Constitution of India as a sacrosanct foundational stone of the Indian Republic upon which stands the hallowed shrine of Democracy. Not many, however, are aware that the Constitution of India is largely framed on the 1935 British Act of India, an Act passed and promulgated by the British Parliament with no Indian representation whatsoever.
Based on laws and customs alien to the rich and diverse Indian ethos and burdened with the White Man’s civilizing mission geared towards ‘fixing the natives’, India’s Colonial State is infused with the ‘colonial gaze’ that has robbed Indians of ‘accessing their own experience’, to borrow S. N. Balagangadhara’s phrase. So well internalized is this ‘gaze’, that even after seven decades of Independence, Indians still employ it to look at themselves, their identity, their culture, their society and their social problems.
This Colonial State is in fundamental conflict with the Indian civilization and its symptoms are everywhere, in the Collegium System of an elitist Judiciary, in the State sponsored linguistic apartheid, in the deep-rooted corruption intrinsic to every arm of the State and so on. By examining the legitimacy of a colonial apparatus imposed on the unsuspecting millions of India, Sankrant Sanu brushes out one of the most uncomfortable questions from under the carpet – are we Indians truly independent?