India celebrated ‘Constitution Day’ or ‘Samvidhan Diwas’ in a special way. The Central Hall of Parliament bore witness to the special program to mark the 70th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the MPs on the occasion.
The first amendment of the Constitution in 1951 was to empower the State to undertake affirmative action for the advancement of any socially and economically backward classes or categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes by restricting the application of Fundamental Rights.The latest 103rd amendment passed in 2019 enabled 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections in educational institutions and in appointments.
Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Shiv Sena, skipped a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on Constitution Day Tuesday in the backdrop of issues concerning Maharashtra govt formation.
On the 70th anniversary of the Constitution, President Ram Nath Kovind said that we can protect our rights by abiding by our duties.
While addressing the joint sitting of the parliament, the president said that the election of 78 women members to 17th Lok Sabha, being the highest number of women members ever elected to this house, is a glorious achievement for our democracy.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that in the last 70 years, the Constitution has protected the rights of every citizen of India.
The Vice President also recalled the 1975 Emergency terming it as a black spot on the Constitution.
Addressing members of both Houses of Parliament in the Central Hall of Parliament House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the strength and inclusivity of the Indian Constitution. He said, the Constitution of India highlights both rights and duties of citizens and this is a special aspect of our Constitution.
Noting that the Constitution begins with we the people of India, PM Modi said people are its strength, inspiration and aim.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that we cannot safeguard our rights without fulfilling our responsibilities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said India has strengthened and empowered its democracy in the last 70 years. He thanked the people of India while addressing in the Central Hall, for their faith in Constitution. He also thanked the 130 crore citizens of India for considering Constitution as a ‘guiding light’. The Prime Minister also said that the 70 years of Constitution has brought contentment to the nation.
Prime Minister Modi gave two mantras to understand the constitution, which are Dignity for Indian and Unity for India.
Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla addressed the joint sitting of both the houses on the ocassion of Constitution Day. The Speaker shared his thoughts on the day when the Constitution was adopted on 26 November 1949.
While addressing the gathering at the Supreme Court of India on the occasion of Constitution Day, Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad highlighted the importance of Judiciary in imparting the justice to the citizens of the country.
BJP Leaders and Members of Parliament have slammed the Congress party for protesting against the joint session of both Houses of Parliament on Constitution Day.
To mark the occasion, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly organised a special session. Governor Anandi Ben Patel was also present at the event.
The commemorative activities at the Western Naval Command, Mumbai included reading of preamble and reaffirmation of fundamental duties at all establishments and ships in the harbour.
Constitution Day was also observed at various higher education institutions across the country like North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, University of Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar. All the staff read out the Preamble to the Constitution.
Padma awardee Lakshmikutty Amma, also shared her views on the occasion of Constitution day. She said that law and order must protect the citizens. She also appreciated the ruling governments for taking measures to ensure this. Lakshmikutty Amma is a padma shri awardee from Kerala, she received the honour for her breakthrough in practicing traditional medicine.
Indian embassy in Nepal celebrated India’s Constitution Day. Indian Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri along with Indian nationals, school children, & officials of Embassy read out preamble of The Indian Constitution.