Without a doubt, Pat Condell is one of the most articulate, hard-hitting commentators in the English-speaking world. He certainly has the gift of the gab together with a sharp intellect that sees it like it is. Here’s a video of his which speaks to me. It’s central focus is on the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which as you may know is the first in the Bill of Rights. It’s 45 words, as Condell points out, “are among the most important ever written in the English language.”
That’s a tall claim but undeniably true. Read — no, not just read but memorize — the 1st Amendment and judge for yourself:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Condell reminds us what is packed into those 45 simple words: “The five freedoms protected by the First Amendment – yes, there are five, although I wouldn’t necessarily expect too many students to know that – freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and petition – are essential components of a healthy society.” 
It’s no secret that I am not a big fan of the US Government. In fact, I detest all governments but I reserve special contempt for the US government. Americans, on the other hand, are decent people. But the most special thing about the US is its constitution, and the most important part of that is the Bill of Rights, and in that, the most important statement is the 1st Amendment, and the most important bit of that are the first five words, “Congress shall make no law …” To me those five words are the sweetest of all because they explicitly prohibit the making of any law that restricts the freedom of the individual. The Bill of Rights provides the essential constraints on the government that are indispensable for guaranteeing the freedom of the citizens.
I never tire of reminding people that the constitution matters immensely. It sets the stage and specifies the ground rules of the great game that is society. Bad constitutions necessarily create bad societies; good constitutions are necessary, though not sufficient, for decent societies that allow individuals to flourish.
The Indian constitution, being the flawed set of rules it is, condemns India to be a desperately poor country. Yes, despite all the hype about GDP growth, India has around half a billion people living in extreme poverty. This is shameful beyond words. What’s more, it is entirely man-made. It did not have to be this way. Indians are as capable of creating material prosperity and a peaceful civil society as any other people. But they are burdened with a bad set of rules that literally kills by the millions.
Anyway, I still hope. I hope that sufficient number of Indians will learn the truth about the source of their troubles, and make a move to eliminate it.
For now, here’s the redoubtable Pat Condell.
 Just BTW, the 1st Amendment to the Indian constitution is about 1,750 words long. Among other things, it gives the government the unreasonable power to restrict and censor speech. Indians don’t have freedom of speech. They are only allowed what their political masters permit them to say. The claim that India is a free country is bogus to the core.