New Delhi: Law Minister M Veerappa Moily
today said the Indian constitution was flexible which made
government actions "vulnerable" and the Supreme Court supreme.
"According to me, the Indian constitution is a conflict
resolution document. That is why we have a number of pages,
number of volumes. It has got flexibility which has its
advantage and disadvantage.
"Flexibility has made our constitution more vulnerable
and actions of the government more vulnerable ...that is why
the Supreme Court, I must say, is trying to have the
supremacy. But it is upto the constitutional experts to say
more on this," Moily said here.
Addressing a panel discussion on Indian Constitution and
the US Bill of Rights, he said in the US when an
African-American student was thrown out of a school bus, US
President Eisenhower had sent federal police to put the
student back on the bus.
"But in India, if the Prime Minister or the President
does this if some discrimination happens or orders this kind
of a thing, then a stricture may come from the Supreme Court."
He said at times the constitution or the courts may
become helpless to "go to the rescue of the minority when
there is a tyranny of the majority."
He said the Right to Education was the latest example
to show that the constitution was a "live document" ready to
accept changes and incorporate new ideas to provide citizens
with more rights.