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India’s constitution isn’t saving it from Narendra Modi’s assault on rights

The country's founding document has failed its minorities

Whose democracy? Indians in Kolkata protest at the new citizenship laws. Photo: Bikas Das/AP/Shutterstock

A couple of winters ago, I was asked to take part in a public debate in Delhi entitled: “Is India a ‘rule of law society?’” I made the case that India was not, contrary to its self-image, a rule- or law-based society. I was supported by a young scholar from a national law school. Our foes were formidable: establishment intellectuals close to the Narendra Modi government, one a Supreme Court lawyer, another a journalist turned parliamentarian.…

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