The Nation is celebrating Constitution Day or Samvidhan divas, today to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949. The Constitution of India came into force on 26th January, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of Indian Republic.
A joint sitting was called today to commemorate the Samavidhan Divas. Addressing the joint sitting, President Ram Nath Kovind today said rights and duties are the two sides of the same coin and while being about their rights, citizen should also conscious of their duties. He said, the people need to perform their duties and thereby create circumstances which would ensure effective protection of their rights.
Speaking on the occasion, 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. Mr Modi said, let us think about how we can fulfill the duties enshrined in the Constitution.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said, in the last 70 years the country has not only adhered to its democratic constitution but has also made tremendous progress in breathing life into constitution and deepening the democratic ethos.
The Constituent Assembly was established to draft a constitution for India. It lasted for nearly three years in which many debates on the need for a constitution were held on numerous occasions. In his address in the assembly on 15th August 1947, Rules of Procedure Committee Chairman, Rajendra Prasad called for a clear vision for the nation.
Meanwhile, the Opposition parties led by congress skipped the joint setting. However, members of the other opposition parties including BSP, YSR Congress, TRS, TDP and BJD attended the function. Meanwhile, President of the UN General Assembly today Congratulated India on the occasion. He said the country’s Constitution is a “seminal document” which marked its emergence from the shadows of colonialism to the light of independence.