India will be celebrating its 69th year of its Constitution this year. It is also called as ‘Samvidhan Divas’ across the country. Constitution Day is also popularly known as National Law Day. The day marks the commemoration of India adopting the Constitution in 1949. It marks one of the significant days in post-Independence Indian history. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is considered to be the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. If you are looking for more information on Constitution Day and its importance, then you have stumbled on the right article. Here’s all you need to know about Constitution Day and its significance.
Constitution Day 2019 Date
Every year, November 26 is celebrated as the Constitution Day in India. The Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution in 1949 on November 26, whereas it came into effect a year later on January 26, 1950, i.e. Republic Day. Constitution Day 2019: Indian Constitution Completes 70 Years; Here Are Lists of Fundamental Rights And Duties That Citizens Have.
On November 19, 2015, the Indian government passed a gazette notification declaring November 26 as the Constitution Day, marking the day’s observance official. The year, 2015, marked the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. Previously, the date was observed as Law Day.
Significance of Constitution Day
Constitution Day is considered to be a landmark node in Indian history. The Constitution Day, i.e. November 26, marked the beginning of the end of (complete) British Rule in India. The country did gain independence on August 15, 1947, but it continued to remain a British Dominion for the next three years, until the Constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950. Parliament Building Lit Up in Celebration of Constitution Day 2019; View Pics.
Constitution Day, which is observed on November 26, is a day which highlights the importance of the ‘holy book’ that is considered to be the supreme law in the country. The day sheds lights on the thoughts and bi-partisan ideas of Dr BR Ambedkar, who was the prime drafter of the Constitution, and also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee.
If one looks at the formation, adoption and passing of the Constitution of India, it took a total of 2 years, 11 months, and 18 days to complete it. The Indian Constitution superseded the Government of India Act 1935 and the Indian Independence Act 1947, when it was passed in 1950.
Constitution Day is not a public holiday; however, various government departments celebrate their observance. The ‘Preamble of the Constitution’ is read by children in schools and colleges. Several essay writing, quiz, and debate competitions take place at educational institutions across the country. Lectures are given, workshops and seminars are also organised as a mark of respect.
Given the current state of affairs in the country, the need for a grand observance of Constitution Day is all the more important. The ethos, meaning, and the significance of Constitution are beyond words. It should be taught, and people should be educated about what lies in the Indian Constitution. The day comes as a reminder of how important and crucial the Constitution is to preserve the very fundamentals of India as a nation. As November 26 nears, we at LatestLY wish you all a very ‘Happy Constitution Day 2019’ and hope you adhere to both fundamental rights and duties mentioned in the Constitution.