Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Nagaland observes Constitution Day

Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland on Saturday observed the Constitution Day “Samvidhan Diwas”, celebrated every year on November 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India.
Addressing the gathering at Raj Bhavan through video conference, Nagaland governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi reminded that it was an occasion recall the monumental contribution of the great souls of the Constituent Assembly who completed the task of drafting the Constitution for Independent India.
“Their hard and committed work produced a document, handwritten in 90,000 words which continue to be our guiding light,” he said. He said that a crucial role in this whole exercise was played by Babasaheb Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
Prof Mukhi said that as the country was celebrating the Constitution Day on the theme, ‘India- the Mother of Democracy’, India has the privilege of structuring, nurturing and sustaining the biggest democracy of the world.
As a tribute and to honour the framers of the Constitution, he said the Central government, led by Prime Minister Modi in 2015, declared November 26 as the Constitution Day.
He stressed that the most important feature of the Constitution was that its philosophy was everlasting, but its clauses were flexible. “Constitution framers were very far-sighted thus, making our Constitution flexible to give our future generation the power to change the clauses of the Constitution to make them more meaningful and compatible with changing times,” he said.
He further said that one of the finest contributions of the framers of the Constitution was their step that the sovereignty of the nation was ultimately vested with the citizens of the country.
Therefore, he said the Constituent Assembly was of the firm belief that they have a claim to Fundamental Rights. However, he said that the citizens also have obligations towards the nation and the society in the form of Fundamental Duties.
He concluded by reminding that the Constitution was the lone source of strength to all and should be made more meaningful to the lives of all ordinary people and the Constitution has to connect with their everyday existence and make it more meaningful.
Commissioner & Secretary to Governor, T. Mhabemo Yanthan in his key note address mentioned that it was an occasion to honour and acknowledge the contribution of the founding Fathers of the Constitution and to pay homage to far-sighted great personalities like Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
He further stated that it was the desire of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, for all to actively take part and spread the constitutional values to every nook and corner of the country while celebrating Constitution Day. Yanthan also said that November 26 holds a significant mark in the history of independent India heralding the dawn of a new era, when the Constitution of India was adopted on this day in 1949 and came into force on 26th January 1950.
The Constitution declares India a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic assuring every Indian citizen justice, equality, and liberty and endeavours to promote fraternity.
Earlier constitution day pledge was administered by Judge, Guwahati High Court Kohima bench, Justice Kakheto Sema.
Members from NPSC, Information Commission, host of legal luminaries, officials from both Central and State government, officers and staff of Raj Bhavan and others attended the programme.
Meanwhile, a programme was also held at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat where Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha addressed the officers and staff of the secretariat.
Sinha also led the gathering in reading out the preamble of the constitution.


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