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A lot of discussion about Constitution and Smriti in the last two days.

Obviously, it is a Category Mistake to compare the two, technically.

Yet, I am sympathetic of people indulging in this comparison. This thread is to explain why.

Let us begin by understanding the difference between the two. That will also help us to understand why the Confusion.

1. Smriti-s are an elucidation of the Purushartha perspective. It is a Dharma-Artha-Kama-Moksha enterprise. For the individual, the community and the State.

The Constitution is merely the Philosophy of the Modern State & a Book of Law based on that. Minimally a philosophy, maximally Law and adequately an institutional framework for the two.

It is an administrative Contract between the State & the Society, rather the individual.

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