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India: National Campaign to Create Awareness About the Indian Constitution

Tuesday 26 December 2017, by siawi3

Source: Lokayat.Pune , 26.12.17

National Campaign to Create Awareness About the Indian Constitution

Invitation
National Meeting of Activists Interested in this Campaign
Date: January 20, 2018
Venue: Mumbai

It was after a long struggle, in which the vast multitudes of our country participated and made innumerable sacrifices, that the country won freedom in 1947. The Indian Constitution embodies the dreams and values that inspired our people in this heroic fight. The drafting of the Constitution was done by the leaders of our freedom struggle, and included some of the finest minds of that time, including Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, who was the chairperson of the drafting committee, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, to name a few. It took them as many as 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to finalise the Constitution. It was unanimously adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949, and came into effect on January 26, 1950. The Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic. It grants to people the fundamental right to equality, freedom, freedom of religion, as well as cultural and educational rights. The Supreme Court has ruled that these basic features of our Constitution are inalienable, and cannot be altered or destroyed even by the Parliament of India.

Article 51A of the Constitution calls upon all citizens to cherish and follow the noble ideals that inspired India’s freedom struggle and are enshrined in the Constitution. It exhorts citizens to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; and also asks them to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture. It asks people to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women. It thus defines what are the values that constitute true nationalism.

The Constitution also outlines in unambiguous terms the orientation of economic policies that future governments should pursue. This is contained in the Directive Principles of the Constitution. Dr Ambedkar made it very clear that these Principles are to be fundamental to governance, and that all future governments have to strive to implement them. The Directive Principles direct the State to ensure that there is no concentration of wealth in the country. The ownership and control of the country’s resources should be such that they benefit the common good, implying that they should not be used for private enrichment. They call upon the State to strive to make available education, healthcare and nutrition to all people of the country. They say that the State should direct its policy to secure for all people an adequate means of livelihood. It should endeavour to secure the right to work, and ensure that people get a decent wage that enables them to have a decent standard of living and full enjoyment of leisure and social and cultural opportunities.

Unfortunately, today, these principles contained in the Constitution are being violated with impunity. A false nationalism is being propagated, that attacks the the very conception of India as a socialist, secular and democratic republic. Minorities are being attacked and even killed; atrocities on Dalits are increasing by the day; crime against women is increasing. The fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution are themselves under threat. The economic policies are leading to an enormous concentration of wealth in a very few hands; and on the other hand, there are simply no jobs for the youth. Agriculture has been pushed into such deep crisis that more than 3.5 lakh farmers have committed suicide in the last two decades – something which did not happen even during the days of the British Raj. Our natural resources, including land, forests and even water, as well as the mineral wealth of the country, are being transferred to corporate houses for their naked profiteering. Despite the dismal state of our essential services such as education, health and ration system, the government is making sharp cuts in allocations for these public services, because of which they are in serious crisis. And all those who are questioning this deliberate trashing of our Constitution are being attacked as anti-nationals.

Friends, our country is passing through deep crisis. At such a critical time, it is important to reach out to the common people and educate them about our Constitution – its principles, its values, about the true concept of nationalism enshrined in it, about the Constitutional directive that all future governments should strive to guarantee to all citizens all the basic necessities required for people to live like human beings—healthy food, best possible health care, invigorating education, decent shelter, security in old age and clean pollution-free environment.

We are proposing to launch a nationwide campaign to educate the people regarding the Constitution. To launch this campaign, we propose that a series of seminars be organised across the country where eminent speakers give talks on the various issues outlined above. For each of these seminars, all the local activist groups working that area should be invited, which will create an atmosphere for this campaign to be launched in that area.

We would like to invite all those activists who are interested in launching this campaign in their respective areas, and for that, are willing to organise an initial seminar in their area, to join us for a meeting in Mumbai on January 20, 2018. In this meeting, we can plan out the details of how to take this campaign ahead. After this meeting, you can launch this campaign in your area for the next three months. We are then proposing to organise a national seminar in Pune on April 22, 2018 where you can present a report of the campaign in your area, and we can then plan together how to advance this campaign further.

If you would like to join us for this meeting, do contact us at the phone number below.

Contact : Guddi 07738082170
Statement issued on behalf of Dr. GG Parekh, Dr Sunilam, Prof. Subhash Ware and Neeraj Jain.

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Neeraj Jain, Lokayat and Socialist Party (India)
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