New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today highlighted the strength of inclusivity in our Constitution and said that this has made us face our challenges while upholding the integrity of the nation.
He was today addressing a joint sitting of both the Houses to mark the 70th Year of Constitution in the Central Hall of Parliament. President Ram Nath Kovind also addressed the gathering earlier today, saying that Rights and Duties are two sides of the same coin.
Referring to the 70th Constitution Day, the Prime Minister said, “There are a few occasions and a few days that strengthen our relation with the past. They motivate us to works towards a better future. Today the 26th of November is a historical day. 70 years ago, we duly adopted our great Constitution.”
Modi described the Constitution as a product of several debates and deliberations of the Constituent Assembly. He paid tributes to all those who put in their effort in providing the country with its Constitution.
“7 decades ago in this Central hall, every clause of the Constitution was discussed, debated on our dreams, challenges and prospects. Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr Babasahed Ambedkar, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Nehru, Acharya Kriplani, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and several other senior leaders debated, discussed and gave us this heritage. I pay my tributes to all those who were responsible for giving us this constitution,” said Modi.
“The dreams of the members of the Constituent Assembly took shape in the form of the words and values enshrined in our Constitution,” the PM said.
Modi said that Ambedkar, in his last discourse on the Constitution on 25 November 1949 reminded the people that in the past “we have lost both our freedom and the republic nature of the country owing to our own mistakes.”
The PM said, “Ambedkar warned the people and asked them if the country can now uphold its freedom and its democracy.”
Modi said, “Had Ambedkar been alive today, he would have probably been the happiest. Not only did India uphold its virtues but strengthened its democracy and freedom as well. And that is why I bow to the Legislature, Executive and Judicial wings of the Constitution which helped in preserving the values and ideals enshrined in it.”
The Prime Minister said he would also bow to the entire country for striving to uphold the Constitution.
“I humbly bow to the 130 crore Indians whose faith in India’s democracy never diminished and who always revered the constitution as a holy book and a guiding light. The 70 years of our Constitution brings us a feeling of happiness, supremacy and a sense of conclusion. The happiness is due to resolute sense of belonging to the virtues and essence of the Constitution. The People of this country have rejected any attempt to the contrary,” Modi observed.
He said, “The sense of supremacy is due to the ideals of the Constitution that we could move towards Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat. The essence we arrive at is that the Constitution is the only means through which this vast and diverse country can achieve its aspirations, dreams and progress.”
“Our Constitution is the most holy book for us which is a conglomeration of our life, our society, our traditions, our values and also a solution to all our challenges,” Modi remarked.
The PM noted that the Constitution is based on the twin philosophy of dignity and unity. “Two mantras of Constitution are ‘dignity for Indians’ and ‘unity for India’. It held supreme the dignity of our citizens while keeping the unity of India intact.”
Modi termed the Constitution as the best expression of global democracy and that it keeps us aware not only of our rights but also of our duties.
“The Constitution of India highlights both rights and duties of citizens. This is a special aspect of our Constitution. The relation and balance between the rights and duties were very well understood by the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi,” Modi recalled.
The Prime Minister urged people to develop the spirit to adhere to the sense of duty enshrined in the constitution.
“Let us think about how we can fulfill the duties enshrined in our Constitution. We should differentiate between service and duty. While service is voluntary, that is you may help a needy on the street, but if you follow traffic rules rigorously while driving then you are fulfilling your duty. It should be our effort to emphasise on duties in our interactions with people. As proud citizens of India, let us think about how our actions will make our nation even stronger,” the Prime Minister urged.
He said, “Our Constitution begins with ‘We the People of India’. Let us realise that We the People are its strength, its inspiration, and its purpose.”
Modi also recalled this day as the day on which several people were killed in a terror attack in Mumbai in 2008 and paid tributes to those departed on that gruesome day.
“But today also is a day that causes pain when on 26th November in Mumbai terrorists have tried to destroy the thousands of years of rich philosophy of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam (One World One Family). I pay my respects to the departed souls.”
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