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Criticism of Indian Constitution: Paradise of the Lawyers

In this article we will discuss Criticism of Indian Constitution: Paradise of the Lawyers

In this article, we will discuss Criticism of Indian Constitution: Paradise of the Lawyers. So, let’s get started.

Paradise of the Lawyers

According to the critics, the Indian Constitution is too legalistic and very complicated. They opened that the legal language and phraseology adopted in the Constitution makes it a complex document. The same Sir Ivor Jennings called it a “Lawyer’s paradise”.

In this context, H.K. Maheshwari, a member of the Constituent Assembly, observed: “The draft tends to make people more litigious, more inclined to go to law courts, less truthful and less likely to follow the methods of truth and non-violence. If I may say so , the draft is really a lawyer’s paradise. It opens up vast avenues of litigation and will give our able and ingenious lawyers plenty of work to do”.

Similarly P.R. Deshmukh, another member of the Constituent Assembly, said : “I should, however, like to say that the draft of the articles that have been brought before the House by Dr. Ambedkar seems to my mind to be far too ponderous like the ponderous tomes of a law manual. A document dealing with a Constitution hardly uses so much of padding and so much of verbiage. Perhaps it is difficult for them to compose a document which should be, to my mind, not a law manual but a socio-political document, a vibrating, pulsating and life-giving document. But, to our misfortune, that was not to be, and we have been burdened with so much of words, words and words which could have been very easily eliminated”.

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