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The Strongest Constitution

A quirky compendium of cartoons and the accompanying detailed commentary spark a bumpy ride to the past, and elicits doubts, thoughts and insights

The Strongest Constitution
The Strongest Constitution
outlookindia.com
2019-08-23T11:31:58+05:30

Reviews of books generally exh­ibit a relatively fixed patt­ern: the reviewer guides the rea­der through a tour of the book’s backstory, then its contents and main arguments, then of course a few of its shortcomings, and concluding with its recommendation (at times lukewarm, at times enthusiastic).

Just as reviews of books generally fall into a pattern, so do books themselves. No Laughing Matter, however, does not: it is unique and idiosyncratic; it has few (if any) predecessors setting its precedents; it is unstable in its genre, switching back and forth like a gestalt image, some moments looking like ‘political imperative’ (as the editor, Unnamati Syama Sundar states is his task), which operates in the world of action, and other moments loo­king like ‘serious scholarship’ (as its for­e­word writer, Suraj Yengde describes it), which operates in more contemplative spaces, like museums and universities.

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