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Forceful insertion of two words ‘Secular’ and ‘Socialist’ in the very Preamble during emergency is highly objectionable and travesty of democracy and that too needed to be expunged through another constitutional amendment as well.
Upananda Brahmachari | HENB | New Delhi | March 27, 2019:: Like Flag Code of India 2002, there should be a definite ‘Printing & Propagation of Indian Constitution Code’ for printing all the Pictures drawn in the Original Constitution Chapter-wise including the original Preamble of 1950 in all further printed copies of Indian Constitution in all languages.
Reproduction of all Constitutional pictures in all Printed Constitution copies will help the new generation & students to understand the actual spirit of Indian Constitution well. And every Citizen has the Rights to know the original Indian Constitution.
The Constitution of the Republic of India, which came into effect on January 26, 1950, was approved by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949. The original of this elaborate edition took nearly five years to produce. It is signed by the framers of the constitution, most of whom are regarded as the founders of the Republic of India. The original of the book is kept in a special helium-filled case in the Library of the Parliament of India. The illustrations represent styles from the different civilizations of the subcontinent, ranging from the prehistoric Mohenjodaro, in the Indus Valley, to the present. The calligraphy in the book was done by Prem Behari Narain Raizda. It was illuminated by Shipagur (Art Master) Nandalal Bose of Shantiniketan and other artists.
The pictures drawn in the original pages of Indian Constitutional were not simple art-work but made as a reflection of Indian History, Tradition, Art & Culture. Every Citizen must know it. But, hardly any publisher reproduces those constitutional pictures in the printed edition of Indian constitution made for text book or reference. As there is no such Code for Printing of Indian Constitution, nobody cares for the printing of it properly. Even, when many of our text books are printed with the amended Preamble of Indian constitution as, “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC”; the readers do not able to know that it was actually only “SOVEREIGN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC” until the amendment through Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976, w.e.f. 3-1-1977 in the black phase of Emergency Period in India imposed by then PM Indira Gandhi.
Hence, the forceful insertion of two words ‘Secular’ and ‘Socialist’ in the very Preamble of Indian constitution in the emergency period by then autocrat PM Mrs Indiar Gandhi is highly objectionable and travesty of democracy and that too needed to be expunged through another constitutional amendment as well.
For the right propagation of the real spirit of Indian Constitution, the need of ‘Printing & Propagation of Indian Constitution Code’ is barely needed to meet up the provisions i) Proper printing of Indian Constitution with all its illustrations mandatorily, ii) Proper keeping of Constitution Book with dignity along with National Flag in the offices of all dignified officials, magistrates, ministers and Panchayat functionaries and iii) Special propagation of Indian Constitution on Constitution Day (Samvidhan Diwas) on 26 November through taking oath in front of validly printed constitution to maintain the Fundamental Duties of a Citizen.
There are 22 (Twenty two) illustrations in Original Indian constitution apart from its significant art works in the cover and back page along with an luminous illustration on Ashok Sthambh and the page for the preamble. The illustrations are found as below:
Illustration of Pictures drawn in the Pages of Original Constitution of India.
The illustrations are seen in this order below:
The makers of Indian Constitution had a deep thought to present the Constitution in consonance of Indian Culture, Heritage, History and Harmony. The illustrations in the original constitution reflected that right perception. Unless the reality of constitution would not be retrieved and represented to the republic in a righteous way, the use of Constitution as a reactor for potential production of patriotism will be unachieved unfortunately. Such edition of Indian Constitution with the illustrations of its original copy will surly be a meaningful resource of patriotism and nationalism undoubtedly.
As, the ‘Printing & Propagation of Indian Constitution Code’ is highly needed for the interest of citizen’s empowerment, Government of India, must see the materialization of it.
Courtesy: World Digital Library.
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