chapter  3
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The power of the aesthetic and a different style of governing the self

In the wake of the breakdown of the colonial administration and law and order machinery in the forties of the past century, it is not surprising that the Indian governing class used the period of constitution-making to establish a state that could also govern the country firmly. Also the fact that the same body had dual function, as it acted in that period both as an interim law-making body and a constituent assembly (CA) helped to combine the two tasks setting up the post-colonial state and the government. The interim government cemented these two tasks. Governance, Ambedkar was arguing, is not only relational, but also contextual. It is a technique aimed to help law and facilitate administration of men and women through administering matters belonging to the affairs of men and women. Restorative constitutions are failing, constitutions that aim at restoring the state. The problem of combining democracy with sovereignty has to be thus rigorously studied.