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India Marks its Constitution Day, the day fell on the 10th anniversary of 26/11

Parliamentary disruptions unfortunate, President Ram Nath Kovind

India’s Constitution Day fell on the 10th anniversary of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Meanwhile, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind expressed, he stated that, “We, as a country, are resolute for justice to the victims and their families in the terror attacks on 26 November, 2008.”

Moreover, Kovind expressed concern over disruptions in Parliament, describing them as unfortunate. He stated that, It is a paradox that our citizens, in whose name the Constitution was adopted, are sometimes not sufficiently informed about what the Constitution means for us. Let the 70th year of its adoption be dedicated to enhancing awareness about the Constitution.

Addressing a function to mark the Constitution Day Nov 26, 2018, he also touched upon many other issues including social justice, technology and plugging of leakages by linking Aadhaar with the delivery of social welfare schemes. He said that,  “social justice is the touchstone of our development”, the President said that social justice was all about providing equal opportunities — social, economic and political.

The Constitution was adopted on November 26, 1949, and came into force on January 26, 1950. Nov 26 was marked as the Constitution Day of India by PM Narendra Modi in 2015 as a part of year-long celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar.

The President, “The Constitution empowers the citizens who in turn empower the Constitution. The Constitution is nobody’s preserve and is still everybody’s preserve. He welcomed the decision of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to translate the judgments of the top court into Hindi to start with and gradually to other languages.

On December 9 in 1946, Constitutional Committee Assembly of India held its first meeting after a gap of two years, 11 months and 17 days at the Parliament.

Meanwhile, DMR Sekhar, Asset Manager and Executive Director of ONGC Rajahmundry, flagged off the rally, which was aimed at creating awareness and educating the general public about the Indian Constitution. “Our constitution empowers the traditionally deprived sections of society. Since its adoption, it has brought socio-economic transformation of the underprivileged.”

While Gogoi has said that, “Constitution was the voice of the marginalised” and “it is in the best interest to heed its advice” in moments of crisis. “The Constitution has become an integral part of people’s lives,” the CJI mentioned.

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A constitution is a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed. These rules together make up, i.e. constitute, what the entity is. Leaders across the country are observing Constitution Day on Monday to celebrate the day. It is also known as Samvidhan Divas – to celebrate the occasion the document laying down India’s supreme rights was adopted. The day is also marked with respect for Dr BR Ambedkar, the chairman of the committee that drafted the Constitution.

Trilok Singh

Written by Trilok Singh

Founder and CEO: Youth Darpan Media, IASmind.com, India's Journal and Seva A2z (Shopping). Masters in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, Faculty of Social Science (2015-17), University of Delhi, India.

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