Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Constitution is a commitment, pledge, and belief that has made India the “Mother of Democracy” and maintained that the judiciary is taking many steps to ensure timely justice.
Speaking at the Constitution Day celebrations in the Supreme Court, Modi said the entire world is looking at India which is witnessing rapid development and economic growth.
“We the People in the Preamble of the Constitution is a commitment, pledge and belief that has made India the Mother of Democracy,” said the Prime Minister. He also stated, “Laws are being made easier and accessible for the common citizens and the judiciary is taking many steps to ensure timely justice.”
Modi launched new initiatives under the e-court project, which provides services to litigants, lawyers and the judiciary through information and communication technology-enabled courts. The initiatives launched by Modi included “virtual justice clock”, “JustIS” mobile app 2.0, digital court and “S3WaaS”.
“‘We the people’ in the Preamble is a call, an oath and a trust”, Modi said, adding that “in the modern time, the Constitution has embraced all the cultural and moral emotions of the nation”.
He said, “Identity of India as the mother of democracy needs to be further strengthened”. Since 2015, Constitution Day is being celebrated on November 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.
The Prime Minister also noted the importance of the Constitution Day in the year of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava. He paid tributes to Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar and all the members of the Constituent Assembly.
Remembering the dark day in the history of India when the country is celebrating the momentous occasion of Constitution day, the Prime Minister recalled that on November 26, India faced the biggest terrorist attack in its history by the enemies of humanity. Modi paid his tributes to the ones who lost their lives in the dastardly Mumbai attacks.
Crediting the Constitution for the success, the Prime Minister referred to the first three words of the Preamble, ‘We the People’, saying, “This spirit of the constitution is the spirit of India, that has been the mother of democracy in the world.”
The Prime Minister expressed happiness that as the mother of democracy, the country is strengthening the ideals of the constitution and pro-people policies are empowering the poor and women of the country.
Referring to his emphasis on duties in his Independence Day speech, the Prime Minister said it is the manifestation of the spirit of the constitution. Terming the Amrit Kaal as ‘Kartavya Kaal’, the Prime Minister emphasised that in the Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal when the nation is completing 75 years of Independence, and as we embark on the journey for the next 25 years of development, the mantra of duty towards the nation is first and foremost.
“The Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal is the time for duty towards the country. Be it people or institutions, our responsibilities are our first priority”, the Prime Minister remarked.
He underlined that by following one’s ‘kartavya path’ the country can attain new heights of development. The Prime Minister informed that in a week’s time, India is going to attain the G20 Presidency, and stressed the need to promote the prestige and reputation of India in the world as a team. “It is our collective responsibility”, he added, “The identity of India as the mother of democracy needs to be further strengthened.”
Underling the youth-centric spirit, the Prime Minister said the constitution is known for its openness, being futuristic and its modern vision. He acknowledged the role and contribution of youth power in all aspects of India’s growth story. Stressing the need to increase awareness about the Constitution of India among the youth for a better understanding of topics like Equality and Empowerment, the Prime Minister recalled the time “when our constitution was drafted and the circumstances that stood before the country”.
“What happened in the debates of the Constituent Assembly at that time, our youth should be aware of all these topics”, he pointed out. He further added that this will increase their interest in the constitution. The Prime Minister pointed out that India had 15 women members in the Constituent Assembly and referred to women like Dakshayani Velayudhan among them who came out of an underprivileged society to reach there.
The Prime Minister lamented that the contributions of women like Dakshaini Velayudhan are rarely discussed, and informed that she made important interventions on many subjects related to Dalits and labourers.
Modi gave examples of Durgabai Deshmukh, Hansa Mehta and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, and other women members who also made significant contributions to issues related to women. “When our youth will get to know these facts, they will find the answers to their questions”, he continued, “It will build loyalty towards the constitution which will strengthen our democracy, our constitution, and the future of the country.”
Chief Justice of India, Dr DY Chandrachud, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju, Justices of Supreme Court of India, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice S Abdul Nazeer, Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, Prof. S P Baghel, Attorney General of India, R Venkataramani, Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta and President of Supreme Court Bar Association, Vikas Singh were those present on occasion among others.