Lost in the Celebration: Letís internalize the Republic Day Distinctly To Usher In Egalitarian Society
Date:-† 28 January, 2008
By Praful Sakya
THE Independence Day was the day when we
got freedom from the
THE Republic-Day celebration has become some sort of ritualistic. As a part of exuberant jubilation three forces viz. Army, Navy and Air Force along with the Police and other authorities come out in the Public to show the Nation's Power, particularly Military Might, Scientific and Technological achievements and the self-professed rich dynamic and vibrant cultural diversities all over the country. And on the Top of it all, the President of India, personally comes out to lead the Nation in hoisting the National Flag and salute it as it flutters high in the blue sky. Lost in the celebration, the soul of the day, 26 January, the Republic Day.
TWENTY Sixth January is a D Day in Modern
India. On this Day, in the Year 1950, the Constitution of Free India came into
full Operation, and the Indian Union, became a Republic. The Constitution
formally adopted earlier on
IT is a Liberal Constitution. It is a very modern Constitution. It is a very clearly written Constitution, minus ambiguities. It grants Equality to Underclass. It guarantees Protection to all Minorities. It assures Security of Life and Property to all Weaker Sections. It asks to build bridges of opportunities to almost all Backward Classes. It offers Equal Employment to every Marginalized. It ensures Education for all, especially the SCs&STs. And there reflects the humanistic-thinking-colorful-contours of its writer the Great Messiah of the Underclass, Baba Saheb Dr B R Ambedkar.
THE Indian Constitution is one of the
largest written Constitutions, drafted after the path breaking and epoch-making
French, American and Russian Revolution.†
It also came after Industrial Revolution in
NO celebration is bad provided it is
celebrated in the right spirit and the days like republic-day that defines the governing
principals of the nation, then recognizing its far reaching impact on shaping the
psyche of the nation one should not waste this day but to utilize it, to the
fullest, for furthering the cause of all inclusive-equality. Instead of brandishing
the military might and the military-warfare and equipments those are mostly purchased
from the developed nations, canít we emphasis only and only on the disseminating
the basics features of the constitution amongst the Indian public. There is
nothing wrong in showcasing the progress of the nation but who says itís bad to
promote the principals of humanity? Why not on every republic day just to put
on display those scientific and technological equipments which are indigenously
built. Or canít this also be done on the day of
LETíS reserve the Republic Day only for promoting the basic features of the constitutions. Letís put on display the real humanistic-might and humane-face of the nation- the constitution. The ingenious and indigenous product conceived, designed and devised by Dr. B R Ambedkar out of the aspiration of the young nation that should basically commit for building the nation based on equality. This is an Important Day for every Indian, particularly more so for the Underclass. It is one of the important steps, in the long and almost endless march of the Underclass, for Justice, Freedom, Liberation, Growth, Development Employment, Education and Equality. It should not happen that the celebration of the republic day be done just like any other anniversaries. It is the duty of every Indian to work towards the realization of the Aspirations of the Hundreds of Millions of Toiling Masses, the Dreams of Founding Fathers of the Nation and Framers of the Constitution to make this Country, vibrant, egalitarian, dynamic, just and fair. The republic day celebration necessarily meant to end the blatant still continuing discriminations of the helpless minorities, backwards, and Weaker Sections.
THE Constitution has been made by Indians for Indians and their government. When we gave ourselves such a beautiful constitution, letís explore its real beauty. Sovereignty of the Nation lies with the People. In fact it is the People, who give the Rights to others, to all Institutions - public and private - every individual in the Country, Citizens or not, and to themselves. We the people embody all the power. We can act as agents of change. We provide specific Directions to government, Political Parties and their Members, who come forward to represent the nation, form the government, and help Govern the Nation. In nutshell itís our prerogative to shape the character of the nation. And itís long been thought that this nation should have gutsy and unshakable egalitarian character. ††
TO achieve this on every Republic day the president should collectively gives pledge to Indians for abiding by the constitution. As part of Republic-day celebration president should read out the PREAMBLE and the RIGHTS & DUTIES OF INDIANS. Lets there be public participation.
THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute
† JUSTICE social, economic and political;
† EQUALITY of status and opportunity; and to promote among them all
† FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and 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.
FUNDAMENTAL DUTIES AND RIGHTS
DUTIES OF INDIVIDUALS
The Duties of individual Citizens of India have been laid out in Article 51A, Part IVA of the Constitution, as Fundamental Duties.† These were not there in the Original version of the Constitution framed and adopted by the Constituent Assembly.† These were inserted by the Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act passed by the Parliament in 1976.† Those read as Ė
shall be the duty of every citizen of
v To abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and National Anthem;
v To cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our National Struggle for Freedom;
uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of
v To defend the Country and render National Service when called upon to do so;
v To promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women;
v To value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;
v To protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures;
v To develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;
v To safeguard public property and to abjure violence;
v To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the Nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavor and achievement.
The Fundamental Rights are contained in exclusive Part III of the Constitution.† They are the Ė
v Right to Equality Ė Articles 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18
v Right to Freedom Ė Articles 19 to 22
v Right against Exploitation Ė Articles 23 and 24
v Right to Freedom of Religion Ė Articles 25 to 28
v Cultural and Educational Rights Ė Articles 29 and 30
v Right to Constitutional Remedies Ė Articles 32 to 35
Rights have no meaning at all, unless one can force those others, or authorities or the government to give the Rights being denied, withheld or delayed, deliberately or otherwise, to yield and give the rights. Let there be effective mechanism to ensure everything is followed with a clinical precision.
Jai Buddha, Jai Bhim, Jai Bharat