Commemorating Constitution Day on November 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind will attend Constitution Day celebrations in Parliament and Vigyan Bhavan.

At 5:30 p.m., Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall inaugurate the Supreme Court’s two-day Constitution Day commemorations in Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

As per reports, all judges of the Supreme Court, Chief Justices of all high courts and senior-most puisne Judges, Solicitor General of India, and other members of the legal fraternity shall also be present on the occasion.

The programme has started at 11 am in the Central Hall of Parliament. Lok Sabha Speaker and Om Birla Vice President Venkaiah Naidu shall also address the event.

Why November 26 is observed as Constitution Day?

On November 26, 1949, the Constituent Assembly legally adopted the Constitution of India. It came into effect on 26th January 1950 that is observed as Republic Day.
In May 2015, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government declared that November 26 shall be observed as Constitution Day every year to promote constitutional values among citizens.

Notably, the year 2015 marked the 125th anniversary of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar who was the first law minister and also the first chairman of the constituent drafting committee. Dr. Ambedkar was assigned for drafting the constitution.

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Some facts about the Constitution of India

  1. The Constitution of India is considered to be one of the longest hand-written documents across the globe with 1,17,369 words in the English version.
  2. On January 24, 1950, the members of the Constituent Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document (one each in Hindi and English)
  3. The Constitution of India was entirely handwritten by Prem Behari Narain Raizada, an Indian calligrapher
  4. It took 2 years, 11 months, and 18 days to write it down.
  5. The original copies which were written in Hindi and English are kept in special helium-filled cases in the Library of the Parliament of India.

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MPA) has launched some initiatives for the common citizen to participate on the occasion of Consitution Day. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has announced that the MPA has developed 2 portals.

One portal is for online reading of the Preamble to the Consitution in 23 languages, mpa.nic.in/constitution-day, which will be operational for use from November 26.

The second initiative is an online quiz that will be hosted on the same portal.

People can register for the quiz competition through phone numbers, and more than one registration is allowed from the same phone number.



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