On Conventions and Constitutions
by Rama Keshava Dasa
Posted January 27, 2003

In response to Prabhupada dasa's article "ISKCON needs a constitution" , might I remind him that there are countries in the world that do not have a constitution. These countries include the United Kingdom, New Zealand and others.

Prabhupada prabhu might wish to research the method by which their fundamental principles of governance flow, "convention". It is an alternative to having a constitution, set in stone, whereby (in the case of the UK) a complex set of rules exist that assure the permanence of Crown and democracy. And whilst I am not one to recommend how ISKCON ought to be governed, it would behoove the author to do further research.

Also, as Srila Prabhupada's intention was that ISKCON should be organised on principles of subsidiarity, with branches subsequently being incorporated on both city and country level might it not be best to strive to amend these very documents, which are de jure of a "constitutional" nature themselves?

Your servant,
Rama Kesava dasa