Constitution Day 2021: Facts about Indian Constitution, the world's longest
- The Government of India declared November 26 as Constitution Day in 2015
- BR Ambedkar had chaired the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly
- Originally, the Indian Constitution was written in English and Hindi.
Constitution Day, also known as National Law Day, is celebrated in India every year on November 26. This day is observed to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. It was back in 1949, on this day, that the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India. It came into effect on January 26, 1950.
The Government of India, by a gazette notification, declared November 26 as Constitution Day on November 19, 2015. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi made the declaration on October 11, 2015, while laying the foundation stone of the B. R. Ambedkar's Statue of Equality memorial in Mumbai.
"Since 2015, we began to celebrate 26th November as Constitution Day. From then onwards, this day is marked to honour the makers of our Constitution and to reiterate our commitment to building an India that would make them very proud," the official handle of MyGovIndia tweeted.
The tweet is accompanied by a photo of PM Modi and his quote.
"Let us always uphold the ideals and values of our Constitution, and create an India that would make our founding father very proud," PM Modi had said in 2019.
2021 marks the 131st birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, who had chaired the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly. He also played an important role in the drafting of the constitution.
Here are some of the facts about the world's longest Constitution.
-The Constituent Assembly took almost three years to frame the Indian Constitution. To be precise, it was done in 2 years, 11 months and 17 days.
-Originally, the Indian Constitution was written in English and Hindi.
-The Indian Constitution was signed by the members of the Constituent Assembly on January 24, 1950.
-The Parliament's Central Library contains the original copies of the Indian Constitution. They are kept in helium-filled cases.
-More than 2,000 amendments were made to the first draft of the Indian Constitution.
-Each page of the Indian Constitution was designed by noted Santiniketan artists, including Beohar Rammanohar Sinha and Nandalal Bose.
-The word 'socialist' and 'secular' were incorporated in the Preamble to the Indian Constitution during the Emergency in 1976.