Published: 25th January 2018
Republic Day: 7 things you probably didn't know about India's constitution
The Constitution of India defines our rights and duties as a citizen. But it is much more than that as it's making has anecdotes exciting enough to give you goosebumps
Consitution of India is the longest in the world: Yeah, we already know that! The primary brain behind it and the man who made it a caste inclusive constitution is Dr B R Ambedkar: We are aware! The drafting of the constitution was completed on November 26, 1949, but it was finalised and legalised only on January 26, 1950: Yeah, have heard that before!
We all have flaunted our nationalist brains on the Republic Day but there are still a few curious questions that we tend to forget. We have listed a few here. Find out how much you know about the grand constitution of India:
- First things first: Where can you find it?
For obvious reasons, the original copy is kept under high surveillance. Where, you ask? It's kept under in a helium-filled box inside the library on the premises of the Parliament of India. Now that's quite easy to trace, is it?
- And why not: It's HANDWRITTEN!
The constitution of India is not only hand-written but is also calligraphed in both, Hindi and English.
- Beg, borrow, steal!
Well, not literally but the constitution of India is popularly known as "the bag of borrowings". For instance, the concept of Five Year Plan is from (then) USSR, Directive Principles from Ireland and a few Fundamental Rights from the French Revolution.
- But, it's still the best
We aren't saying this, the world is! And here's the reason: As of today, it has gone through only 123 amendments, which directly shows that the makers of the constitution had a futuristic vision. In case you wondering, the last amendment was carried to give constitutional status to National Commission for Backward Classes.
- When numbers don't matter
The accuracy of the Constitution probably owes to the fact that the draft had undergone massive debates and over 2,000 amendments before it was cleared by the team.
- Don't forget the Emblem
Not just the constitution but the national emblem of India was adopted on January 26, 1950.
- Gotta point that out
The Constituent Assembly included 15 women out of 284 members. They signed the constitution on January 24, 1950, which was legally enforced on January 26, 1950, and came to be known as Republic Day of India.