By Sunil Sonker
Mussoorie, 26 Nov: The Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Academy, Mussoorie, celebrated Constitution Day at Ambedkar Chowk, here, today. The Chief Guest was former Palika Chairman OP Uniyal and also present were Academy President Sunil Kumar, as well as newly elected members of the Municipal Council, Nandlal Sonker and Darshan Rawat. A large number of people paid floral tribute to the statue of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.
A special session to spread awareness among the people and tourists about the Constitution of India was also held on the occasion. Speakers provided information about the Constitution and its importance and also about the Preamble of India. OP Uniyal said that Constitution Day was celebrated in honour of Dr BR Ambedkar, known as the architect of the Indian Constitution. The Central Government had declared November 26 as Constitution Day. On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India and it came into effect on 26 January, 1950. He said that the Constitution was the voice of the marginalised as well as the prudence of the majority, and continued to be a guide in moments of crisis and uncertainty.
Darshan Rawat and Nandlal Sonker said that the world’s largest constitution had been prepared by Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. It was created after closely examining all the constitutions of the world. Every citizen had been given equal rights and it was clear that India believed in all faiths. It has no official religion. They said that Baba Saheb worked for the unity of the country and worked to build all the religions, castes in one form, which could never be forgotten.
It was pointed out that India’s Constitution has 448 paragraphs, 12 schedules and 94 amendments. It is a handwritten constitution that contains 48 articles. It took 2 years, 11 months and 17 days to prepare it.
Present on the occasion were Committee Chairman Sunil Kumar, Arvind Sonkar, Manoj Kumar, Sohan, Ashok Kumar, Kripal Singh, Sunil Jatav, Anil Jatav, Sudhir Dobhal, Mukesh Rao, Rakesh and many others.