Toward a Model of Constitutions
Houndstooth Press (2022)
Reviewed by Lily Andrews for Reader Views (11/2022)
“Toward a Model of Constitutions” by Williams Kuttikadan is a brilliantly thought out and well-researched ruminative book, whose publication couldn’t have come at a better time. It is founded on values such as liberty, democracy, equality, and respect for human rights, as well as protection of the Rule of Law. Research has shown that many democracies are slowly dying from electoral fraud caused by political autocrats who have little to no regard for the rule of law. Buying off the media and courts has not only hindered nations’ growth and development but has also killed individual rights and social justice, making the constitutions’ role futile and ineffectual.
In this book, the author’s objective is to create an easy-to-understand constitutional model, which respects and protects individuals’ rights, freedom, and dignity. The three parts of this book constitute major aspects of the model, like its general outline, people’s expectations from societies, and the shortcomings of the model. The author impacts readers with wisdom from quotes and wise sayings by deeply admired famous figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, who stood up and defended human rights publicly, earning her the title “One of the most esteemed women in the world.”
Beneath the chapters lies priceless knowledge and wisdom presented with finesse and simplicity that can be easily comprehended and understood by law professionals as well as laymen. Kuttikadan expands his model idea through diagrams that steadily portray an unambiguous picture to his readers. He further employs thoughtful viewpoints and summaries in every chapter to help break down the information he conveys across the pages.
The author’s most effective stroke is the excellent research and accessible language used in this yarn to discuss the basics of the constitutional framework hoping that states that practice democracy and uphold human rights will avoid the mistakes made by previous governments. Engaging and provocative, “Toward a Model of Constitutions: How Human Rights, Lincoln’s Address, and Berlin’s Liberties Explain Democracies” by Williams Kuttikadan charts an itinerary toward a more democratic future, seeking to restore society’s commitment to both democracy and constitutions.
Overall, this unflinching and insightful 5-star analysis is a vital read at a time of diminishing responsibility among citizens and leaders alike and one not to be missed.