New Delhi, 25 November 2016: As part of the Constitution Day celebrations, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released two books, ‘Constitution of India (updated version)’ and ‘Making of the Constitution’ at a function organized by the Speaker’s Research Initaitive (SRI) of the Lok Sabha Secretariat in Parliament House Annexe today. Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Prof. P.J. Kurien; and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Dr. M. Thambi Durai graced the occasion. Several Union Ministers and Members of Parliament attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi underlined the need for connecting the younger generation to the Constitution and its basic spirit and suggested that there should be awareness programmes about our Constitution for the students. He emphasized that the school children should be encouraged to recite the Preamble of the Constitution at least once a year. Recalling the great contribution of Babasaheb Ambedkar in framing of the Constitution, the Prime Minister said that without 26 November, there would not have been 26 January since our Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949. Shri Modi further observed that the progressive unfolding of the ideals underlying the Constitution is an ongoing process and the interpretation of the Constitution has changed with times. The Prime Minister lamented that the spirit of duty which was so pervasive among the people during the days of our freedom movement has transformed into a quest for one’s rights only, which is a challenge for our nation. Shri Modi reminded that it is our constitutional duty to preserve India’s heritage and give new strength to the country.
Describing the Constitution as the soul of India’s democracy, Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that when the Members of Parliament are elected to the Parliament, they are given a copy of the Constitution of India, which should be adhered to by them. Speaking about her initiative to commemorate the ‘Constitution Day’, she mentioned that SRI had arranged workshops on issues of constitutional importance on 23 and 24 November 2016, namely ‘Preamble of the Constitution, its object and importance’; ‘Separation of powers among organs of state’; ‘Fundamental Duties and Rights’ and ‘Unitary and Federal structure of polity under Indian Constitution’ and informed the Members that such events would be organized in future also. She further said that the process of digitization of the debates of the Constituent Assembly is underway in the Lok Sabha Secretariat.