On Constitution day 26 Nov, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the contributions made by the women in the constituent assembly are rarely discussed.
There is a need to make the youth of the country aware of them. During the event organized at the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister made specific recommendations to Dakshayani Velayudhan, a Dalit woman who was a member of the constituent assembly.
He said that in the past there were 15 women members in the Constituent Assembly. He said this is also a feature of the Constitution which has become even more relevant in recent times.
The Constitution makers gave us a document that is open, and innovative and is known for its modern vision and makes it youth-centric. In order to increase the understanding among the youth, it is important that they become a part of debates and discussions on constitutional subjects.
He highlighted the contribution of Durgabai Deshmukh, Hansa Mehta, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, and many other women members who had also contributed significantly on topics related to women. Modi said that it will further increase their interest in the constitution. This will create a vision among the youth to understand topics such as equality and empowerment.
The Prime Minister informed us that, in the current global scenario, the world is looking at India amidst its growing economy and international image, with hope. He said that defying all the initial apprehension about its stability, India is moving ahead with full force and taking pride in its diversity. He attributed the Constitution to this success.
Continuing further, the Prime Minister referred to the first three words of the Preamble, ‘We the People, and said, ‘We the people is a call, trust, and an oath. This spirit of the constitution is the spirit of India, which has been the mother of democracy in the world”, he said. “In the modern time, the Constitution has embraced all the cultural and moral emotions of the nation.”
The Prime Minister indicated happiness that as the Mother of Democracy, the country is strengthening the ideals of the constitution and pro-people policies are empowering the poor and women of the country. He informed that laws are being made easier and accessible for the common citizens and the Judiciary is taking many steps to ensure timely justice.
Referring to his emphasis on duties in his Independence Day speech the Prime Minister said that it is the manifestation of the spirit of the constitution.
Terming the Amrit Kaal as ‘Kartavya Kaal’, the Prime Minister highlighted that in the Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal when the nation is completing 75 years of Independence, and as we embark on the journey for the next 25 years of development, the mantra of duty towards the nation is first and foremost.
“The Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal is the time for duty towards the country. Be it people or institutions, our responsibilities are our first priority”, the Prime Minister remarked. He underlined that by following one’s ‘kartavya path’ the country can attain new heights of development.
The Prime Minister instructed that in a week’s time, India is going to attain the G20 Presidency, and stressed the need to promote the prestige and reputation of India in the world as a team. “It is our collective responsibility”, he defined, “The identity of India as the mother of democracy needs to be further strengthened.”
Underling the youth-centric spirit, the Prime Minister said that the constitution is known for its openness, futuristic, and modern vision. He acknowledged the role and contribution of youth power in all aspects of India’s growth story.
The Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Justices of Supreme Court of India, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice S Abdul Nazeer, Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, Prof. S P Baghel, Attorney General of India, Shri R Venkataramani, Solicitor General of India, Shri Tushar Mehta and President of Supreme Court Bar Association, Shri Vikas Singh were present on the occasion.