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Constitution Day 2021 Live Updates: India’s growth story being disrupted by forces with colonial mindset, says PM Modi

Indian Constitution Day 2021 Live Updates: President Ram Nath Kovind, earlier in the day, addressed the Constitution Day event in the Central Hall of Parliament and said that the development journey of India has been progressing on the strength of our Constitution.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 26, 2021 10:24:02 pm
Narendra Modi, Constitution day, Modi address on constitution day, colonialism, supreme court, Congress, India news, Indian expressSpeaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Constitution Day celebration organized by the Supreme Court Registry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said colonial mindset is yet to disappear. (ANI)

Constitution Day 2021 Latest Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India’s growth story is being disrupted by forces with a colonial mindset, including in the name of freedom of expression. Addressing a Constitution Day event organised by the Supreme Court, he said a colonial mindset still exists, years after the end to colonialism, and these forces are putting obstacles in the path of growth of the developing nations. He said that despite India being the only country that is in the process of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement ahead of time, various pressures are being created on it in the name of environment. “All this is the result of a colonial mindset,” the PM said.

President Ram Nath Kovind, earlier in the day, addressed the Constitution Day event in the Central Hall of Parliament and said that the development journey of India has been progressing on the strength of our Constitution. “72 years ago, in this Central Hall, the framers of our Constitution had adopted this document for a bright future of independent India. I believe that the development journey of India has been progressing on the strength of our Constitution.”

Meanwhile, setting the stage for a stormy Winter Session of Parliament from Monday, several Opposition parties, including the Congress and Trinamool Congress, are boycotting the event. The coordinated move came even as the Congress decided to reach out to all like-minded parties to ensure Opposition unity in Parliament. Other Opposition parties, including RJD, DMK and the Left, are also expected to stay away from the event.

On November 26, 1949, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India, and it came into effect on January 26, 1950. While January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day, since 2015, November 26 has been observed as the Constitution Day of India, or Samvidhan Divas.

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22:24 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Judicial interventions to nudge executive and not to target, usurp power: CJI Ramana

Observing that ‘Laxman Rekha’ of separation of power is “sacrosanct”, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana Friday said at times courts are compelled to intervene in the interest of justice and the intention is to nudge the executive, and not to usurp its role and they should not be projected as judiciary targeting another institution.

The CJI warned against any such attempts to project judicial interventions as targeting of the executive and said that it was “totally misplaced” and would prove detrimental to the health of democracy if encouraged.

Speaking at the Constitution Day celebration organised by the Supreme Court registry, Justice Ramana also raised the issue of attacks on the judges and judiciary especially in social media, and said that they appeared to be “sponsored and synchronised”. Read More

21:16 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Cong skipped Constitution Day event in protest against authoritarian functioning of BJP govt

The Congress on Friday said it did not participate in the Constitution Day event in the Central Hall of Parliament in protest and to remind the country that the Constitution is not being respected and is being undermined instead.

Senior spokesperson of the Congress Anand Sharma said the protest was against the "authoritarian" functioning of the BJP government as laws are enacted bypassing parliamentary scrutiny and parliamentary democracy is insulted.

"Our protest today is based on fundamental principles. We have protested to remind the country that the Constitution is not being respected, the Constitution is being undermined, parliamentary democracy is being undermined and insulted with the enactment of laws bypassing scrutiny which is creating enormous problems, because each law enacted by Parliament impacts the masses," he told reporters.

The Congress and several other parties, including the Left parties, TMC, NCP, DMK, Shiv Sena, IUML, RSP and the RJD, did not attend the Constitution Day event in Parliament's Central Hall. (PTI)

21:15 (IST)26 Nov 2021
TN Guv underscores Constitution's significance in governance

Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi on Friday urged the people to understand the importance of the Constitution in the nation's governance, underscoring that the Preamble is its soul.

Presiding over the celebrations of 'Samvidhan Divas', known as Constitutional Day, held at Raj Bhavan here, the Governor underlined the great contributions of leaders towards making of the Constitution after the country became free. "The task was to create a document that could address the present and future need of the rich diversity of India while retaining the basic oneness of the country," he said.

The event was held as part of celebrations of 75th year of India's Independence, 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsov', a Raj Bhavan release said.

Ravi urged the people to understand the Constitution's importance in the nation's governance. (PTI)

21:08 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Imperative that 3 organs of State work together to ensure justice for citizens: Rijiju

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday said it is imperative the three organs of the State -- Legislative, Executive and Judiciary -- work together to ensure social, economic and political justice for the citizens.

Although the Constitution is built on the principle of separation of power, it also warrants a harmonious relationship in the functioning of the three organs of the state, he said.

Speaking at a Constitution Day event here organised by the Supreme Court, Rijiju hailed the judiciary for keeping the doors of justice open during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has hard-hit the justice delivery mechanism, he noted adding the courts rose to the occasion and made use of innovative Information Communication Technology to keep the doors of access to justice open for all. (PTI)

20:01 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Environmental issues hijacked by others to deny paths they took to developing nations: Modi

Asserting that colonial mindset still exists, PM Modi said the greatest example is how environmental issues are hijacked by others to deny paths they took to developing nations. He said that with regard to absolute cumulative emissions, developed nations have caused 15 times more emissions than India since 1850, and "still India is lectured on environmental conservation".

19:54 (IST)26 Nov 2021
India being judged upon parameters of other nations: PM

Prime Minister Modi said that it is unfortunate that obstacles are created in the path of development of the nation, sometimes in the name of freedom of expression, while at times, through other means. He said that India is being judged upon parameters of other nations, without knowing the situation or the aspirations of our youth. (ANI)

19:39 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Constitution helped us in taking the nation forward: PM Modi

Hundreds of years of dependence pushed India into several problems. The India that was once called a golden bird was suffering from poverty, starvation, among other issues. In that background, the Constitution has always helped us in taking the nation forward, PM Modi further said.

"If we compare with other countries, then the nations that became independent around the same time as India are way ahead of us today. It means that a lot of things still need to be done. We have to reach the goal together," he said. (ANI)

19:32 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Govt, judiciary born out of Constitution: PM

Government and judiciary are born out of Constitution, like twins, and they complement each other even while being different, PM Modi said at the event.

19:31 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Constitution greatest strength to remove obstacles created by colonial mindset: PM

Due to colonial mindset, obstacles are put in the development of our own country, including in the name of freedom of expression, PM Modi said. He added that roadblocks are being created on path of growth of developing nations due to colonial mindset.

"Constitution is our greatest strength to remove obstacles being created by colonial mindset," Modi said.

19:28 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Decades post-Independence, crores suffer exclusion: PM

"It's a reality that even after decades post-Independence, a large section of people in the country had to suffer exclusion; crores of those people who didn't even have a toilet at their house, who were living in the dark in the absence of electricity, who were without water," PM Modi said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Constitution Day celebration organized by the Supreme Court Registry.

"Investing oneself in understanding their problems, their pain to make their lives easier - I consider this the real honour of the Constitution. I'm satisfied that in line with this sentiment of the Constitution, a vigorous drive is going on to convert exclusion into inclusion, " he added. (ANI)

18:56 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Kerala CM urges to protect secular values of Constitution

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday urged people to protect the egalitarian ideals, secular values and democratic spirit which the Constitution upholds.

In a tweet on the occasion of Constitution Day, the Marxist veteran said the Constitution of the country encompasses the lofty ideals upheld by the freedom fighters.

'Our Constitution encompasses the lofty ideals upheld by our freedom fighters and has laid the foundation of the Indian Republic. As responsible citizens, we should pledge to protect the egalitarian ideals, secular values and democratic spirit it upholds,' Vijayan tweeted.

18:55 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Constitution Day: Lawbreakers should not be allowed to become lawmakers, says SCBA Prez

Lawbreakers should not be lawmakers, said the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Vikas Singh on Friday while expressing concern over the rise in the number of MPs and MLAs charged with serious criminal cases which he claimed is 43 per cent now as compared to 23 in 2004.

Singh, who was speaking at the Constitution Day function organised by the SCBA in the apex court's lawns here, said that everyone should introspect to ensure that the Constitution remains of the same relevance for which it was drafted for the people of this country.

“One very important change which is required is that lawbreakers should not be lawmakers,” he said emphasizing that the statistics “unfortunately” prove otherwise. (PTI)

16:35 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Constitution Day: Dynastic parties are matter of concern to people committed to Constitution, says PM Modi

Tearing into the Opposition parties that boycotted the Constitution Day celebrations in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said “family-run parties” that have lost democratic qualities themselves cannot be expected to defend the country’s democracy.

Speaking at the event, Modi asserted that the country is “not ready” to listen to those who “question” the need to earmark a day to celebrate the adoption of the Constitution which has the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar attached to it.

“When a political party loses its own democratic character, how can it protect democracy? Today, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, look at every corner of India, the country is moving towards a crisis that should worry every individual who respects the Constitution and that comes from dynastic parties. Political parties – party for the family, party by the family, and I need not elaborate. This is against the principles of the Constitution, quite opposite to what the Constitution tells us,” the PM said. Read More

16:34 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Protect judiciary from targeted attacks, CJI Ramana tells lawyers on Constitution Day

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana Friday called upon lawyers to protect the institution of judiciary from “motivated and targeted attacks”.

“...I want to tell all of you that you must assist judges and the institution. We are all ultimately part of one large family. Protect the institution from motivated and targeted attacks. Do not shy away from standing up for what is right, and against what is wrong,” he said while speaking at the Constitution Day celebrations organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).

The CJI said the most important feature of the Constitution is that it provides a framework for debate. “Perhaps, the most important feature of the Indian Constitution is the fact that it provides a framework for debate. It is through such debate and discussion that the nation ultimately progresses, evolves and achieves higher levels of welfare for the people,” he said. Read More

15:54 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Modi govt committed to welfare of all sections of people: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said the Modi government is committed to the welfare and rights of every section of the country by following the footsteps of B R Ambedkar, and described the Constitution as the soul of democracy. He said this on the occasion of Constitution Day, which is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

"The Constitution is the soul of democracy as well as the basis of unity and progress of India. On Constitution Day, I bow to the architect of the Indian Constitution Babasaheb Ambedkar and all the great men," Shah said in a tweet in Hindi.

"The Modi government is committed to the welfare and rights of every section of the country by following the footsteps of Babasaheb," he said.

15:47 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Rahul Gandhi greets people on Constitution Day

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday greeted the people of the country on Constitution Day, and said it is the responsibility of all to ensure that justice and rights are equal for all.

Constitution Day is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

'Justice and rights should be equal for all so that the Constitution does not become just a paper, it is the responsibility of all of us,' Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

15:42 (IST)26 Nov 2021
LS Speaker expresses pain over opposition parties boycotting Constitution Day event

Expressing "pain" over opposition parties boycotting the Constitution Day event organised by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on Friday, Speaker Om Birla said staying away from such non-partisan events held by Parliament is not good for the health of democracy.
Around 15 opposition parties, including the Congress, boycotted the programme organised by the Lok Sabha to celebrate the Samvidhan Samman Divas.

Besides the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) stayed away from the event.

Speaking to reporters after the programme, Birla said, "This culture of boycotting non-partisan events, which are of national interest, is not good for the health of democracy." He said he will sit with the representatives from the opposition parties and discuss how it can be ensured that all political parties attend such events.

"I am deeply hurt as the presiding officer of the Lok Sabha that several political parties boycotted the event organised by Parliament to commemorate the Constitution Day," Birla said. (PTI)

15:19 (IST)26 Nov 2021
CJI pays homage to freedom fighters and the Constituition makers

CJI NV Ramana on Friday paid homage to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives and the makers of the Constitution. Speaking at the Constitution Day program organized by the SC Bar Association, the CJI said, 'It's also important to celebrate the citizenry of independent India.'

12:27 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Women also made an unprecedented contribution in the making of the Constitution: President Kovind

President Kovind further said, "In our country, not only women were given the right to vote from the beginning, but many women were members of the Constituent Assembly. They also made an unprecedented contribution in the making of the Constitution."

12:26 (IST)26 Nov 2021
Development journey of India has been progressing on strength of our Constitution: President Kovind

President Kovind said, "72 years ago, in this Central Hall, the framers of our Constitution had adopted this document for a bright future of independent India. I believe that the development journey of India has been progressing on the strength of our Constitution."

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Why is November 26 observed as Constitution Day?

In May 2015, the Union Cabinet announced that November 26 will be observed as Constitution Day to promote “constitutional values amongst citizens”. This was the year that marked the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution. Other members included Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Shayama Prasad Mukherjee, among others.

The central government’s decision was seen as a move to claim Ambedkar’s legacy, in a bid to reach out to the Dalit community. Following the Cabinet meeting in 2015, then Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said, “Rahul Gandhi and his party never honoured Ambedkar. Neither did he get the Bharat Ratna nor was his oil painting installed in Parliament premises as long Congress was in power.”

The Constituent Assembly, the body meant to draft the Constitution of India, held its first session on December 9, 1946, attended by 207 members, including nine women. Initially, the assembly had 389 members, but after independence and the partition of India, the strength was reduced to 299. The assembly took over three years to draft the constitution, spending over 114 days considering the content of the draft alone.

On December 13, 1946, Nehru moved the “Objectives Resolution” that was later adopted as the Preamble on January 22, 1947.

The Drafting Committee chaired by Ambedkar was one among the over 17 committees of the Constituent Assembly. Their task was to prepare a Draft Constitution for India. Out of some 7,600 amendments tabled, this committee got rid of about 2,400 amendments while debating and deliberating the constitution.

The last session of the Constituent Assembly ended on November 26, 1949, when the Constitution was adopted, and two months later on January 26, 1950 it came into effect after 284 members signed it. January 26 was chosen since the Congress’ Poorna Swaraj resolution was declared on this day in the year 1930.

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