The New Constitution Short Story Summary

The New Constitution Summary


“The New Constitution” is a story of political awareness at the lowest level of our society. It is a powerful story that shows how the common man looks hopefully at every promise of a change in the political set up.


The New Constitution means the Government of India Act, 1935, which introduced a democratic setup in India. Mangu, a tongawala of Lahore eagerly listened to his educated fares talking about the new constitution. They said it would ensure equality of rights. The people of India would form their own Government under the new constitution.


They would no longer be slaves to the British Rule. Mangu believed what he heard, so he was very happy and hopeful. The new constitution was introduced on the first April. Mangu hated the ruling nation. To his dismay he learnt that the promise of the New Constitution was a false promise. The promised change had not come.


The story also expressed the falsity of the promises made by politicians in general and alien rulers in particular. As Mr. White, the British Deputy Commissioner of Mayaour in Paul Scott’s novel said, “we were in India for what we could get out of it”. At the same time it tries to create awareness among the people to save them from further exploitation by their rulers in future.



Note: Some of my classmates / classmates finished their education and realized that this specialty was not for them. Even in the course of basic studies, some entered the second higher education, someone finished the retraining courses. We have learned, settled and are happy with ourselves in the new sphere. This is good, and this is their life’s path. Is it education that you did not know in your 16-17-18 years, what do you want? Yes again, this rhetorical question! Or maybe you did it because your parents insisted, for the company with a friend, because it’s fashionable? And then you say that education is useless. I’m so very careful, do not think for daring, I want to ask, is it your fault that you chose education, succumbing to external influence? So is it education that you did not do on your own? (What are these rhetorical questions for, I’m sick of it already!) Analyze whether you need higher education.

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