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Constitution Day: Time now to focus on our duties, says PM Narendra Modi

Addressing lawmakers in the Parliament's Central Hall, Modi said that because people felt deprived of equality and justice, emphasis was placed on their rights.

November 26, 2019 / 02:12 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 26, chose the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution to emphasise people's duties, saying their rights were stressed upon earlier but time has now come to focus on citizens' responsibilities as well.

In his address to a joint sitting of Parliament to mark the Constitution Day, PM Modi said a special aspect of the Indian Constitution is that it highlights both rights and duties of citizens.

"Our effort should be to ensure focus on our duties in our conversations and meetings," PM Modi said at the joint sitting which was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu besides members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

"Let us think about how we can fulfil duties enshrined in our Constitution," Modi said.

Opposition parties boycotted the event to protest political developments in Maharashtra following the Governor's decision to swear in BJP's Devendra Fadnavis as the state's chief minister.

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Speaking to lawmakers in Parliament's Central Hall, where the Constitution was adopted, the prime minister said there had been an emphasis on people's rights in the last many years as a vast number of people felt deprived of equality and justice.

The demand of the present time is that society should deliberate on its duties and responsibilities as well, he said and asserted, "We cannot preserve our rights without fulfilling our responsibilities".

Noting that the Constitution begins with "we the people of India", he said people are its strength, inspiration and aim.

Modi invokes Gandhi, Ambedkar

Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, he said the Father of the Nation had understood the fine balance between rights and duties and added, "As proud citizens of India, let us think about how our actions will make our nation even stronger".

Paying tributes to Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the architect of Constitution, the prime minister said he would be happy to see that India has strengthened and empowered its democracy in the last 70 years.

The Constitution, Modi said, can be simplified in two mantras as "dignity for Indian" and "unity for India"

(With inputs from PTI)
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first published: Nov 26, 2019 01:35 am

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