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60 years of constitution of india

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  • Karthik Navayan
    60 years of the Constitution of India By 26th November 2009, the Constitution of India has completed 60 years of its functioning. The Constitution of India as
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2009

      60 years of the Constitution of India
      By 26th November 2009, the Constitution of India has completed 60 years of
      its functioning. The Constitution of India as drafted and presented by the
      Chief Architect of the Constitution Dr. B. R. Ambedkar,
      was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November 1949 and certain
      articles came into force on the day and whole of the Constitution came into
      force with effect from 26th January 1950, on which date, India became a
      republic.
      On the eve of completion of sixty years of its functioning, it is imperative
      to have an appraisal of the Constitution, since it is not only an
      administrative index or compilation of instructions relating to the
      governance of the country, but, primarily, it holds out certain promises to
      the citizens, assured certain guarantees, conferred certain fundamental
      rights to them, with a protection of the various High Courts and the Supreme
      Court. it is now, the time to assess how far the Constitution fulfilled its
      promises and protected the rights guaranteed.
      The important feature of the Constitution is its promise of Justice- Social,
      Economic and Political; Equality of Status and of Opportunity; Liberty and
      Fraternity. The Constitution is more essential for Scheduled Castes and
      Scheduled Tribes and other poorer sections of the society, because, it
      promised equality and equal opportunity, to which these communities were
      denied for centuries. In addition to this the constitution through Directive
      Principles issued instructions to the government to establish a Welfare
      State, where there is no social, economic exploitation and oppression.
      It has directed the government to take care of health and education of the
      children and particularly of women and aged. It has also cautioned that the
      natural recourses and wealth of the nation is not concentrated in the hands
      of a few people, but should be made available to all, to better their
      conditions of life. Therefore, it is necessary to assess, what happened to
      its promises and its guarantees.
      In this context, it is trite to remind ourselves, the question posed by the
      then president of India Sri K R Narayanan, on the eve of the Golden Jubilee
      of the Constitution of India, “whether the Constitution failed? Or We failed
      the Constitution?”
      On this occasion let us also remind ourselves the caution held out by
      Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, on the day of adoption of the Constitution
      that: “On the 26 th January 1950 we are going to enter into a life of
      contradictions … we must remove this contradictions at the earliest possible
      moment or else, those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure
      of the political democracy which this assembly has so laboriously built-up”.
      Facts after sixty years reveal that the contradictions are widening. Then,
      why, those who suffer from inequality do not blow up the structures of the
      political democracy? This question is also to be addressed.
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      Drafted by- Bojja Tharakam, Senior Advocate, High court AP, state president
      Republican Party of India, and Chairmen of Celebrations committee on 60
      Years of Indian constitution
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      The Celebrations committee on 60 Years of Indian constitution was formed
      with the collaboration of 20 Dalit organizations in the state of Andhra
      Pradesh to launch a state wide campaign on 60 years of constitution of
      constitution of India to analyse its functioning, to have an appraisal of
      the Constitution
      The committee held its first meeting on 26/11/2009 in Hyderabad Press Club,
      Chief Guest, Justice K.Ramaswamy (former judge supreme court of India),
      Honorable Guests V.S Ramadevi (former Governor Karnataka and Himachal
      Pradesh states) and S.R Shankaran (former secretary of Tripura state) and
      the meeting presided over by Bojja Tharakam, Senior Advocate, High court AP,
      state president Republican Party of India, and Chairmen of Celebrations
      committee on 60 Years of Indian constitution
      The member organizations are 1) National Dalit Forum 2)AP SC welfare society
      3) Confederation of Sc ST Organizations 4)Dalitha Sthree Shakthi 5) AP ST
      Employees union, 6) APSEB SS ST Employees union 7) AP SC rights protection
      society 8) Dalitha Bahujana Front 9) Sakshi Human Rights Watch 10) Peoples
      Monitoring Committee 11) WAASSAN (Bhoomi Kendram) 12) APVVU 13) HRLN 14) All
      India Samatha sainik dal 15)AP Dalitha Bahujana workers union 16) All Indian
      SC ST Bank Employees Union 17) All India Defense SC ST Employees union 18)
      AP Grameena Bank SC ST Employees union 19) AP Buddhist Trust 20) Republican
      Party of India
      The Member organizations are organizing meetings all over the state starting
      from 26/11/2009, and the state level final meeting will be held on
      constitution day on 26/01/2010 in Hyderabad

      With Jaibheem
      - Karthik Navayan
      Programme Officer
      National Dalit Forum
      www.nationaldalitforum.org

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