Saturday, December 4, 2021

Prez Kovind, V Prez Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi addresses nation on Constitution Day; PM says Constitution binds this diverse country

President Ram Nath Kovind today led the nation in reading the Preamble to the Constitution of India. Speaking at the celebration of Constitution Day in the Central Hall of Parliament, Mr. Kovind said, Constitution connects all Indians.  He said seventy-two years ago, in this Central Hall, the framers of Constitution had adopted this document for a bright future of independent India. He said the development journey of India has been progressing on the strength of Constitution. Also, not only women were given the right to vote from the beginning, but many women were members of the Constituent Assembly.

Mr. Kovind said, women also made an unprecedented contribution in the making of the Constitution. He also released digital versions of the Constituent Assembly Debates and a calligraphed copy of the Indian Constitution with amendments made to date.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also said during the 254th Session of Rajya Sabha, the productivity dipped to 29.60 percent. Mr. Naidu bemoaned that it means that the Rajya Sabha has lost about 70 percent of the functional time. He said, all concerned need to ponder over the fact of rendering legislature dysfunctional.

He further adds, the Preamble summarises the philosophy of the Constitution in which people preferred India to be a democratic republic. He said it has been our firm belief that people have been at the centre of our development.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said Constitution was drafted after many hindrances and united the princely states in the country.  Speaking in the Central Hall of Parliament, PM said Constitution Day is the day to salute this House, where many of India’s leaders brainstormed to give the Constitution of India. He said the Nation pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and all those who fought during India’s independence struggle. Today is the day to pay our tribute to the main architects of the Indian Constitution like Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Dr. B R Ambedkar. The Prime minister also bowed to all those who made sacrifices in the freedom movement. He said Constitution binds this diverse country.

PM said, Constitution is not just a collection of many clauses, country’s Constitution is the great tradition of millennia. He emphasized that Samvidhan Divas should have been celebrated every year after 1950 to inspire coming generations and answer their questions. He said this day should also be celebrated to evaluate whether what we do is right or not. Taking a dig at dynast parties, Prime Minister said if a party is run by one family for many generations, then, it is not good for a healthy democracy.

Prime Minister further said duty as citizens are to protect the rich values that the Indian Constitution has charted for us and introspect its significance in our lives every year.

He said, while the nation is commemorating Samvidhan Divas today, the nation should not forget the brave hearts who countered the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and the ones who lost their lives.

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