Retaining Constitutional Faith in Authoritarian Times: A View from India

In my presentation, I will argue that constitutional faith, rather than ‘idolatry’, can at times counter the effects of populist, authoritarian forms of constitutionalism – especially variants spurred by religious beliefs that are now ascendant or dominant in every inhabited continent. Relying upon recent experiences in India in particular, I will argue that faith in ideas about constitutions and constitutional values, as well as literacy about the constitutional text, can play an important role in enabling groups to provide stiff resistance to populist regimes.