This Article suggests that moments of contemporary constitution formation are often moments of rupture, but at the same time, the legitimacy of that break from the past paradoxically relies on establishing a continuity with the past. Drawing on ideas of hope and reorientation from Hirokazu Miyazaki, this Article examines the formation of the Indian Constitution and argues that while that constitution embraces what appear to be liberal constitutional norms from other constitutions, it reorients their meaning to transform them into useful vehicles for contemporary Indian social reform.
Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, HOPE IN CONSTITUTIONAL DRAFTING: REORIENTATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION, 45 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 1 (2023), https://digitalcommons.law.wne.edu/lawreview/vol45/iss1/1