India is not a constitutional but civilisational democracy. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated so on September 22. Sarma said that the sense of Indian identity is not a 19th-century phenomenon when the country had begun to imagine itself as a nation-state, but that of a civilizational continuity of the past several millennia.
India Is A Civilisational Democracy
Sarma further added at the inaugural programme of the 3rd edition of Lokmanthan 2022 in Guwahati that Bharatvarsha is not just a nation-state that came into being in the 19th century, but a living entity.
India nurtures one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The sense of identity is not a 19th-century phenomenon when the country began to imagine itself as a nation-state.
It may be mentioned that the European colonial rule could not succeed in destroying the ancient beliefs and traditions because of the inherent power of Sanatan civilization.
Regarding Indian civilisation, Sarma stated, “For us, our nation is akin to our Mother, a vibrant goddess whose every geographical appearance – the landscape-rivers-hills and mountains find a place in the verses and hymns of the scriptures.”
Significantly, North-East Region had deeply enriched the great ancient civilisation. Eminent 15th-century Vaishnavite saint Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev was the first to associate Bharatvarsha with Assam and referred to it as its motherland.