Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed members of the Lok Sabha on the occasion of a book release function on November 24 ahead of the Constitution Day.
He highlighted how integral the Constitution has been in holding together the fabric of the country and act as a conduit between the various arms that contribute to the nation’s progress.
PM Modi said that students in schools and colleges should be encouraged to study, explain, and discuss the Preamble to the Constitution at least once in a year.
This is indeed a great idea. The Preamble serves as the introduction to everything the Constitution stands for, namely secularism, sovereignty, democracy, socialism, and republicanism.
It is a pledge on behalf of the all the citizens of India which binds them to perform their duties and ensure the rights as per the Constitution.
The text reads:
WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN, SOCIALIST, SECULAR ,DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLIC and to secure all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought , expression, belief, faith and worship;
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EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.
PM Modi also said that the youth should be encouraged to participate in the learning process of the Constitution through innovative methods including essay writing competitions.
The PM quipped that some “clever” people are “misusing” the rights granted to them in the name of the Constitution. In that light the knowledge of the Constitution at an early stage appears to be a great idea to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of it and do not get unduly influenced by the “clever” people.
Like the PM said, “Without November 26, there is no January 26.”