In May of 2015, the Union Cabinet decided to designate November 26 as Constitution Day to promote “constitutional values among citizens.” The day was proclaimed in the year that marked the 125th birthday of BR Ambedkar, the chairman of the Constitution’s Drafting Committee. Other members of the Constitution Drafting Committee included Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, and others. The 26th of November is a significant date for independent India, as it was on this date that the country’s Constituent Assembly adopted the current constitution. The fundamental rights in the constitution have become the citizens’ shield, while the fundamental duties serve as a reminder of our obligations. Every year, the 26th of November marks Constitution Day in India. The 26th of November was formerly known as National Law Day.
Constitution Day History
As previously mentioned, it was decided in 2015 that Constitution Day would be celebrated annually on November 26. The primary purpose of Constitution Day is to educate Indian citizens about the Constitution and to promote constitutional values. The Ministry of Social Justice decided on November 19, 2015 to begin the tradition of celebrating Constitution Day on November 26, and since then, this date has been observed as Constitution Day.
Constitution Day Interesting Facts
- People should be aware that it took approximately 2 years, 11 months, and 18 days to draught the Indian Constitution.
- India’s constitution is the longest written constitution in the world.
- The original version of the constitution was handwritten.
- The Library of Parliament houses the original copies of the Constitution. It is stored in a box filled with helium and wrapped in flannel with naphthalene balls.
- Each page of the constitution is framed with gold leaf, and the first page of each chapter features artwork.
- Prem Narayan Raizada, a renowned author, drafted the original copies of the constitution.
- The Government of India Act of 1935 provides the foundation for the Indian Constitution.