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Sanantanist Hindus turn to their Hindu scriptures (Vedas, Ramayan, Bhagwad Gita, Mahabharat, Puranas, Smritis etc) for authoritative answers on religious, cultural, social, educational, ethical and even political issues. Many of the scriptures relay “avatars” or life stories of God and provide guidance on every aspect of life.
One common thread running throughout these Scriptures is the importance of “Rajneeti” or political tenets, which includes a duty to participate in the domestic affairs of one’s motherland. In this regard the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (Maha Sabha) deems itself duty-bound to contribute to the debate surrounding constitutional reform.
The People’s Partnership Government conducted a series of public consultations on the topic and subsequently produced and published a report dated December 27, 2013. Before we treat with the report, the aim of this article (the first of a series) is to first determine whether there is need for reform at this time or whether our present Constitution sufficiently caters for our modern-day multi-faceted society.