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The Constitutional Support of and for India!

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In anticipation of Republic Day tomorrow, here are a few thoughts, and more rambling, this time on the Constitution of India. Indian Home Maker had the invitation held out, to join in, to do this as a sort of Tag.. 🙂 So here it is, my few paise on it. 🙂

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In the CONSTITUTION OF INDIA

The Preamble states:


WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN
SOCIALIST` SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the 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.

[Sourced from Wikipaedia]

Therein, above, enshrined lies the precious lifeline of a Secular Republic. But how many of us, this day, 60 years on, from its having been the guardian of a Nation’s Being, give it more than a cursory glance, or a thought, for that matter, except on Republic Day, or perhaps while reading/teaching from an NCERT / SCERT /CBSE text book?

When IHM asked if I could join hands, [I like that idea :)], in writing about the Constitution of India, for Republic Day, there was both excitement, and anxiety within. Excitement at the thought of it, and anxiety at the reality, where I know of it, but little about it. But let me do it the way I best can. Ramble. I promise, however, to stick to the topic 🙂

The Constitution of India, the largest easily in volume, as this link to Wikipaedia will tell you, in exact numbers, is our safety net, securing the Nation, and delivering upon Promises when troubled citizens knock upon the doors of the Judiciary, and Justice is done. No, I am not familiar with any individual case studies, in this context, and shall not flatten my face further, in the pancake of ignorance I have spread before myself. 🙂

But I do know enough to be Proud of the Constitution of India! Yes, indeed. Not for its record breaking volume, but for its Creator and its Content. Of course he did not do it single-handedly, but he did lead the team that did! I truly hate referring to caste, religion and class, but I am darned proud that this document of the highest order, of greatest reverence, worthy of high honour has been written by a man whose caste is that which learned men of yore called Dalit. The Untouchable.

Dr B. R. Ambedkar

How much of an irony, and at the same time, how much of an achievement is it, truly, to give the land where discrimination flourished (and sadly, sometimes, still does) The Constitution! That is why I am proud. But at the same time, discovering that Dr Ambedkar later converted to Buddhism, and was denied being cremated at the Dadar Crematorium because of Caste notions, delivered a more crushing irony.

Onward to the Preamble. The pillars of the Nation’s true and secular, socialism are its core values of Liberty, Justice, Equality, Fraternity.. all of which have been simply and easily conveyed there. Tell me of another nation, more diverse, another more brilliant in its tapestry, in its intricate mosaic of a multiplicity of language, culture, peoples and religion! Where each is promised and given his/her due.

A Constitution to hold this teeming, sometimes seething, brilliance of diversity has to be one of Strength. It is.

This I know.

The Constitution gives, it provides

  • Women an equal share in their father’s property, all women in India!
  • Children , the right to be educated
  • A citizen the right to voice his opinion, practice his religion, settle anywhere in India!
  • Guidelines by way of Duties, Directive Principles…

And so this Republic Day, I thank God I am an Indian!

But I worry.
Has our Constitution become a mere paperweight?
Has it become a white elephant? [I read on a comment, in one of the blogs that India has 3 epics, the Ramayana, the Mahabharatha, and the Constitution!]
Has it become a document to practice editing, to suit one’s conveniences?

There have been several Amendments, some during the infamous Emergency period of the seventies, and later to accommodate Reservations.

I know the values of Equality and Justice and Fraternity are yet to be realized fully. Which is why reservations are needed. And yet who benefits these reservations? In the limited scope of my knowledge, during and after Admissions to Professional Colleges, the underprivileged castes who do get that seat, or those seats, are never economically backward, and in a sheer twist of fate the impoverished upper castes now pay for their ancestors sins of having been the Oppressor. I find poetic justice here, but not a solution to the problem. Can the Constitution not be amended to include those in dire need of reservation, the economically backward alone? And not any other consideration? This has been a desperate thought within for a long time now.

However, all said and done, I am glad I am here, this day, enjoying that Freedom my country has been led to, especially with this wonderful Constitution.

Disclaimer: All opinions shared here, are mine and mine alone; all the ignorance displayed here may please be excused and forgiven. Thank you 🙂

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An Honour bestowed by Balvinder Sir

May I take this opportunity to share on this space proudly a Blogger Award, an honour bestowed by Balvinder Singh, this Republic Day? Honoured and Humbled by this generosity.

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The Citation

On the eve of the Republic Day of our country, i take this opportunity to present this award to my blogger friends who have made a difference by writing their frank opinions in their blogs as well, as in the comment columns of other blogs. These bloggers have not written any sensational or luscious stories to attract traffic to their blogs, but they have put down in prose as well, as verse, whatever they have felt strongly about, may it be about their personal lives or about a burning issue of the society. The sole purpose of their writing has been to make a difference. I wish that their ideas may fructify and bring a change in the society for better. I salute them all.

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Thank you, Balvinder Sir, for all the care, the thought, and the simple generosity of wanting to create something like this, and for sharing it with us. Indebted.

25 January, 2008

Warmest of greetings on the Occasion of Republic Day, to everyone. Be proud to be an INDIAN!!!

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Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

18 thoughts on “The Constitutional Support of and for India!

  1. Beautifully said…OUR SAFETY NET!Indeed it is….and what a Constitution ,if applied correctly the nearest one could come to Utopia…..

    ”but I am darned proud that this document of the highest order, of greatest reverence, worthy of high honour has been written by a man whose caste is that which learned men of yore called Dalit. The Untouchable.”
    What a beautiful ,sensitive and thought provoking thing to say…yes,indeed it’s a slap on ‘their’ faces…those who thought some lesser….but the ‘irony ‘ later? yes,disgusting and heartbreaking….for a man who should be revered..
    and such valid ,positive points….:)It guarantees so much doesn’t it?:)
    and yet the amendments….:(…show us the toughest law and rest assured, we Indians will find a loophole…or better yet we’ll make one..
    :(…it does seem to be a white elephant or maybe we have made it one?:(
    and yet at the end of it all….I too, Am proud to be an INDIAN!!Greetings to you too!:)Who better to understand than you?:)

    This is what my land can be…
    ”Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
    Where knowledge is free;
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow
    domestic walls;
    Where words come out from the depth of truth;
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
    dreary desert sand of dead habit;
    Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

    — Rabindranath Tagore

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  2. Indyeah! You are a treasure,Meg.. so wonderfully passionate about the way you express and share!

    I received the same comment three times, LOL! And I wanted to publish all three too. LOLLLLZZZ.

    The poem from Tagore has it special place in my heart! And thank you for the greetings too! Let’s enjoy the country’s proud moment too!

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  3. Loved your take 🙂 Thank You!!!!!
    Will come back and respond in the morning, just got back and had to take a peek to read it …
    Happy Republic Day!

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  4. happy republic day….
    good article, reminded me of that higher power which governs our life without us knowingit called the Constitution….

    I just love the preamble of our country…
    It is a tribute to all the great men who lived at that time…..

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  5. Usha Ma’am, a very nice and passionate post indeed.

    If we oversimplify it, the constitution is a simple contract between the people and the government. And a lawyer once pointed out to me that if the other party, in this case the government, is preparing a contract, you want it to be as short as possible and vice versa.

    The point is that we should not venerate the constitution for what it provides. The constitution is subject to renegotiation or reconsideration through amendments. And if we as a society feel that it has not kept pace with the times, we the citizens, have the right to ask for amendments reflecting our desires, as well as asking for a complete rewrite of the contract.

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  6. IHM, *chewing nails, but looking a little relieved*, I find redemption in your note, :), but I am looking forward to the second read you will give it 🙂 Thanks for the assurance and the reassurance!

    Ajit,I really love that part of the Constitution too. It is really uplifting! Thank you for the good words you have about the write!

    Sagarone,you have really read the spirit behind the post (for, I must repeat, content is very limited 🙂 :))
    Faced with the inequal [unequal??] task of putting down an academic opinion, I decided to make a shift to a personal perspective, and that is what this is.
    I agree with you totally when you say it is subject to “renegotiation and reconsideration” and that is where the Amendments come in. From a layperson’s view however, some of them have harmed more than helped is what I have sometimes felt!
    Isn’t the length of it sometimes intimidating? Another stray thought that comes at this point.

    Thank you so very much for reading and sharing all of what you have. I know I have learned much from that!

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  7. A great day of tremendous Joy in Indian history.My sincere salutations to all eminent leaders who gave their lives in building our constitution besides for all the soldiers who work day in and day out tirelessly.

    Wish you all a Happy Republic Day throughout the world.I pray for eternity the joy,peace and prosperity of all.Thank you.

    Cheers!!
    Gifts to India|Gifts to chennai|Gifts to Bangalore

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  8. Nice post on the occasion of R-Day. Came here from IHM’s blog. Certainly our forefathers have laid the strong foundation of our nation by having adopted the Constitution of India. Being an Indian who was born post independence, I ask myself what are we doing for the future generations, while we rest in the shade of the trees sown by our past generations. The least we can do is to follow the principles laid down by our constitution and let our children enjoy a secular, safe, fair, caring world where they can live their life to the fullest.

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  9. Manifestation, thank you too, for the wishes and the prayers for the Nation.

    Gopinath’s “Artickles”,Thank you for the visit, and the perspective. What is of utmost necessicty at this point is to direct future generations towards betterment, and also towards knowing their nation better. STarting with the breadth of the constitution. Though the get the basics in Social Science classes, it could also be make a topic to think and muse upon! Thank you once again for a discerning note!

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  10. A very thought provoking post. And thanks for displaying the award and well deserved citation on your blog shelf. I read somewhere in some comments that you have Army background. May i know more about that.

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  11. Balvinder, thank you once again! Thank you for receiving the write from a novice on the subject as a thought provoking one too! I am glad I did attempt it, for I did learn and lot while doing it, and that is something that is very necessary, if in anyway I can help pass a bit of it on to the children I learn with 🙂

    Services background, yes, but Naval as against Army:) My father is a retired Naval Officer, both my brothers are in the Navy, a Commodore and a Commander, and as of 1 Jan this year, the elder son is a Sub Lieutenant 🙂 Pretty deep into it actually! 🙂 🙂

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  12. How I swell with pride…

    And bless that person who pasted Tagore. 🙂

    Jai Hind!

    Peace.

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  13. Karthik, I know! Thank you!

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  14. If applied correctly, it is a wonderful constituion.

    Please convey the below to the various Sena’s :

    A citizen the right to voice his opinion, practice his religion, settle anywhere in India!

    Well written Usha !!!

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  15. Wow!!! and to tell you frankly, your association with Defence forces does show in your thoughts. Great knowing you. And congrats that your son is carrying on the family tradition.

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  16. Dhiren, thank you very much! And yes, the message is being passed around, and we have apologies for mistaking India to be Afghanistan, one would presume. Still they can never undo what has been done, can they!

    Balvinder, all the more the reason I look up to all that is Fauji too. I know how much goes into the making of one, and therefore my deepest respects to them 🙂 Thanks for the wishes and congratulations; will pass them onward too!

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  17. Amazing thoughts, and even more amazingly put, and congrats on your award.
    your blog has those moderate views which are needed in the times that we live in today.
    keep it up.

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  18. Mampi, thank you fr doing the rounds on Friday 🙂 Sorry to be late with the replies 🙂 Thanks again!

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