The year 2019 proved that the battle for the soul of this country and its identity is far from over and perhaps has reached a point of inflection, hopefully for the better but not before it gets worse. Some would say 2014 marked the point of inflection, and they may be right. But 2019 was truly a watershed in moving towards resolution of at least a few troublesome legacies of history, of which there is no dearth in this country. Therefore, it is but natural that those who want to restore status quo ante—that is, the state of affairs as it existed pre-May 2014—are bound to do everything in their power, using every medium and resource available at their disposal, internal and external, to question the very identity of this land in order to delegitimise the baby steps it is taking towards rediscovering itself and its true potential.
While this churn is going to manifest itself at several levels and diverse fora, the Constitution is clearly an extremely important, and perhaps the most important, battleground given that it is the document that politically unifies this diverse land and enables it to act and respond as a single political unit. Therefore, those who wish to Balkanise the country are bound to employ ‘constitutional’ means to achieve patently unconstitutional, anti-constitutional, and dare I say, anti-national, outcomes.