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Significance of the Indian Constitution

January 28, 2022    7 min read

On 26th January, 2022, India celebrated its 73rd Republic Day. The Republic Day each year is a constant reminder of becoming a completely independent nation and following our own laws of governance.

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It was a remarkable step taken in the direction to determine the law of the land and the values our country wanted to adopt once we received freedom from British rule. On January 26, 1950, the Indian Constitution came into effect but the efforts to write the Constitution started four years earlier.

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The Constituent Assembly, put together to draft the Constitution of India, held its first session on December 9, 1946. Dr BR Ambedkar, took the initiative as the chairman of its Drafting Committee, and is remembered as the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. He led the team to create a dynamic framework that would guide our country being completely aware of our unique social, cultural and religious diversity. These sessions ended on November 26, 1949, and then after a year the Constitution was adopted.

The Indian Constitution, today, is valued as the most supreme law. Every Indian citizen, irrespective of their power and position is expected to abide by the set of rules and regulations written in this book. For those who don't know, it is also the longest constitution in the world with 395 articles and 12 schedules.

The introduction to our Constitution starts with an equally well charted Preamble. It provides a glimpse of the larger text. The Preamble of the Constitution talks about the direction and purpose of the Constitution.

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It declares India to be a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular and Democratic Republic committed to Justice, Equality and Liberty for the people. The opening and last sentences of the Preamble: “We, the people…adopt, enact and give to ourselves this Constitution” indicated the power that is vested in the hands of every Indian citizen and our commitment to abide by the Indian rulebook.

For all the young minds to remember, we are a part of a phenomenal nation and we are capable of taking it to newer heights. Tapping into our full potential through learning and play is the key to success.

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