Memorable Day In Indian History
In a bid to commemorate the adoption of Constitution of the Independent India, 26th of November is celebrated as the Constitution Day of India. This year it marks the 72nd anniversary of the historic event that marked the dawn of a new era back in 1949. The day, which is also known as Samvidhan Divas or National Law Day or National Constitution Day, also is celebrated to raise awareness about the Indian Constitution. The BJP-led government declared 26th November as the Constitution Day to acknowledge and respect the contribution of the framers and to enlighten people on the prominent values that the constitution accommodates. On this day in 1949, the constitution of India adopted and and it came into effect on 26 January 1950.
This year the Constitution Day will be celebrated in the Central hall of the Parliament as part of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'. The Department of Legal affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, in collaboration with NALSAR University of law, Hyderabad, has launched an online course on the Indian constitution. It's a good way to understand it in a simple and jargon-free manner.
Reading of the preamble to the constitution to reaffirm our commitment to uphold and adhere to its ideology is an integral and imperative part of the celebrations. Other activities including talks/Webinars focusing on constitutional values of the Indian Constitution also gets organised every year. Considering the prevailing atmosphere of the deadly covid-19 pandemic, ensuring strict adherence to the safety protocols and guidelines is mandatory though.
Constitution Day reconnects us to our basic origins and makes us appreciate the importance of the country's constitutions. It should be honoured with unprecedented passion and excitement by all segments of society, not just government departments. People of India are the ultimate custodians of the constitutions. It is in them that Sovereignty vests and it is in their name that the Constitution was adopted. The constitution empowers the citizen, but the citizen too empowers the Constitution - by following it, by adhering to it, by protecting it, and by preserving to make it more meaningful with words and deeds. The Constitution is nobody's preserve and it is everybody's preserve.