CHURUMURI POLL: Time for a new Constitution?

There is never a dull moment with Thiru Muthuvel Karunanidhi. As if going by the logic that if the game gets hard, the rule book needs to be altered, the Tamil Nadu chief minister has suggested that there is need for a new Constituent Assembly that could draft a new Constitution in the era of coalitions so that the country could look towards a federal form of government in the true sense.

Speaking to Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV 24×7’s Walk the Talk programme Karunanidhi said:

“Our Constitution has been changed many times. What should be done is that all shortcomings of the Constitution should be addressed in one sitting. That is what I feel.”

Questions: Is there really a need for a new Constitution? If so, what specifically shold be incorporated into it? Is there anything wrong with the Constitution in its present form, or are our politicians finding an excuse for their own inadequacies and shortcomings? Is Karunanidhi playing into the hands of the BJP which set up the Constitution review panel? Or is this just another meaningless controversy which will soon die a natural death?