The hitherto cumbrously
functioning and covertly ethnicized secular democratic polity is now besieged by hindu fundamentalists/supremacists, who would like to replace the present constitution with one of a hindu state.
It is the statement issued by the Vatican on July 31, 2003, written by Cardinal Ratzinger and personally approved by Pope John Paul II, somewhat cumbrously
entitled Considerations regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons.
175-177); and Ford Madox Brown's sonnet and painting "Work," which White sees as decisive antecedents of (and guides to understanding) Hopkins' cumbrously
difficult sonnet "Tom's Garland" (pp.
The messages of the stories are often highly conservative, and the appended moral tags cumbrously
underline the warnings against presumption, vanity, greed, ambition, etc.