Constitution Day 2019: Here's Why India Celebrates Samvidhan Divas On November 26

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 26 November 2019, 08:18 AM
Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas is celebrated in India on November 26 every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India.
Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas is celebrated in India on November 26 every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. (Photo Credit : PTI )

Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas is celebrated in India on November 26 every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. The Government of India declared 26 November as Constitution Day on 19 November 2015 by a gazette notification. Since 2015 was the 125th birth anniversary year of B. R. Ambedkar, the drafter of the Indian constitution, the government since then decided to celebrate this year ‘in a big way’. Earlier, the day was commemorated as National Law Day.

The government is celebrating 'Constitution Day' or 'Samvidhan Diwas' on Tuesday in the Central Hall of Parliament to mark the 70th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the MPs on the occasion.

The Ministry of External Affairs directed all overseas Indian schools to celebrate 26 November as Constitution Day and directed embassies to translate the constitution into the local language of that nation

When Was First Time That Constitution Of India Was Amended?

The first amendment of the Constitution in 1951 was to empower the state to undertake affirmative action for the advancement of any socially and economically backward classes or categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes by restricting the application of fundamental rights.

The latest 103rd amendment passed in 2019 enabled 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections in educational institutions and in appointments.

Since the first Constitution amendment made by provisional parliament in 1951, when Rajya Sabha was not in existence, the Constitution has been amended 103 times so far, the Upper House Secretariat said.

Of these 103 amendments to the Constitution, the 99th amendment for setting up of a National Judicial Commission was held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, it noted.

A maximum of 32 amendments were related to the matters of states including reorganisation, transfer of territories, inclusion of some languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, etc.

Twelve amendments were aimed at extending reservation for SCs, STs and Anglo-Indians in Parliament and state legislatures, eight each related to reservations in educational institutions and employment, including in promotions. Another six amendments related to taxation including introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

First Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 08:12 AM
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