Part 20: Laws, Constitution and Sustainability

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20.1 Review of colonial and post independence laws
All laws and procedural manuals promulgated prior to independence, designed to suit the needs of the colonial rulers, are not suited for the needs of democracy. Most laws and procedural manuals made after independence have been drafted in a similar manner based on the colonial idiom that the state is best, knows best, and the people, being unreliable and irresponsible, need to be ruled.
 
The national and state sovereign rights commissions shall review all laws and procedural manuals made prior to and after independence and get them redrafted to suit the needs of democratic governance. If the concerned parliament does not approve the redrafted laws prior to an election, the concerned commission can seek approval for them through referendum. Such reforms shall be appropriately phased so as to cause minimum dislocation in public management.
 
20.2 Amending the Constitution
The sovereign people alone can hereafter make amendments in this Constitution through referendums. If a local, state or national government desires any amendment, it can approach the concerned sovereign rights commission to direct referendum on it along with the next election.
 
20.3 Einstein, Gandhi and the third millennium
Einstein has been declared the man of the second millennium in physical sciences and Gandhi in social sciences. Einstein and Gandhi were complementing each other in the search of truth. Einstein unraveled some vital truths about the physical world that have led to further remarkable discoveries in the twentieth century. Many more are expected in the coming years. Gandhi simply reiterated the truth that was discovered in the villages of India four thousand years ago and independently evolved in many other cultures as well. These basic truths tend to get frequently forgotten or deliberately ignored.
 
Einstein is thus the man of the second millennium, Gandhi the apostle of the third. The global society should realise that a sustainable world order cannot be nurtured on the foundations of exploitation social, economic or political. The socially and politically exploitative system of the third and second worlds, and the business and consumerism driven exploitative system of the rich nations, need to be urgently reviewed to realise a self-reliant sustainable world order. If this is not done soon, India and many other nations will drift into anarchy and balkanisation within the coming decades and the earth and its life support systems will not be able to sustain life forms much longer.
 
Article 20.4 Year of Repentance
We, the people of India, request the global community to declare 2001, the first year of the third millennium, as the "Year of Repentance". Repentance by the leaders of rich nations for, in the name of democracy, colonising half the world, enslaving a continent, and fostering an unsustainable consumerism-driven economic system. Repentance by the leaders of erstwhile socialist nations for, in the name of socialism, imposing exploitative totalitarian rule stifling the spirit of their own people. Repentance by the leaders of third world nations for ignoring social thinkers such as Gandhi and, in the name of democracy, perpetuating exploitative colonial systems, thus impoverishing their own people.
 
Article 20.5 Decade of Isolation
We, the people of India, further request the global society to declare the first decade of the twenty-first century as the "Decade of Isolation" of non-democracies, through social and economic isolation.

Article 20.6 Century of Rejuvenation
Finally, we request the global society to declare the twenty-first century as the "Century of Rejuvenation" by true democratisation in all nations through an institutional mechanism for directing referendums. The objective will be to make in the twenty-first century the world a confederation of peace-loving local governments.

 

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