The Constituent Assembly adopted the Indian Constitution on 26th November 1949. And since 2015, we celebrate 26th November as Constitution Day of India or Samvidhan Divas.
2015 marked the 125th birth anniversary of the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr.B.R Ambedkar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while laying the foundation stone of Dr.B.R Ambedkar in Mumbai, announced 26th November to be celebrated as the Constitution Day of India henceforth.
The main objective of declaring 26th November as the Constitution Day of India is to pay tribute to B.R Ambedkar. However, it also aims to highlight his contributions in the drafting of the Indian Constitution and increase familiarity of the constitution among the citizens. Schools hold quizzes, games, and competitions in schools with an objective to spread awareness about the Constitution.
Know about the Constitution-
1. The Constitution of India includes 25 parts consisting of 448 articles and 12 schedules. No wonder it is the longest constitution of an independent country.
2. On 26th January 1950, the Constitution of India was legally enforced. We celebrate is as Republic Day and basically, it’s the first public holiday of a new year.
3. Prem Bihari Narain Raizada wrote the constitution in Hindi and English with beautiful calligraphy. Till date, helium-filled cases in the library of the Parliament of India encompasses it safely.
4. The Constitution of India is often and can be referred to as a “bag of borrowings.” Below are some principles and ideas that have been borrowed from 10 countries.
UK– the Parliamentary form of government and Rule of Law
Ireland– Directive Principles of State Policy
France– Ideals of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity
USSR– Five Year Plans
USA– Fundamental Rights, Preamble of the Constitution
Canada– Federation with a strong center, advisor jurisdiction of Supreme Court
Australia– Concurrent list, Article 108, Freedom of trade & commerce
Germany– Suspension of Fundamental Rights during Emergency
South Africa– Election of members of the Rajya Sabha, amendments
Japan– Concept of “procedure established by Law
5. The Constitution of India had just 94 amendments in the first 62 years of its adoption, hailing it as the world’s best constitution.
Going through the longest constitution of the world is surely an arduous task but as a citizen of the country, one must be familiar with it. We recommend getting a handy Constitution of India that’ll always be with you or in your room. We got ours from Flipkart and even got extra cashback on shopping through Whitecashback. So, what about you?