“We have laid down, not theoretical words and formulas, but rather the content of the thing we desire.”
—Jawaharlal Nehru, moving the ‘objectives resolution’ for an Independent Sovereign Republic on December 13, 1946
What wish did we as a people make six decades ago when we presented ourselves a string of ideals through the Constitution and what have we become now? If putting together a constitution was about defining ourselves, how honest have we stayed to that formulation and how much have we strayed? What is the identity we assigned ourselves then and what is it that characterises us now? Have we already failed ourselves, or are we still a fledgling nation in need of course corrections? How much strain have the ‘four pillars’ that hold the grand edifice of our democracy taken in these past 60 years? These are enormous and daunting questions, but asking them is about assessing the state of the nation.