New Delhi, Nov 26 : President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday hailed the Constitution of India as laying the foundation of the world's largest democracy, and described it as "the supreme law in the country’s democratic framework" which continuously guided its endeavours.
"Rights and duties are two sides of the same coin. Our Constitution provides the fundamental right to ‘freedom of speech and expression’ and it also enjoins upon citizens the duty to safeguard public property and to abjure violence," said the President while addressing a joint session of both Houses of Parliament on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Indian Constitution.
Conveying his greetings on the occasion to fellow citizens in India and abroad, he noted that "the illustrious makers of our Constitution had with complete devotion and honesty, envisioned to serve and work conscientiously while remaining free from fear or favour, affection or ill-will and bias."
The drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly, under the chairmanship of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, "displayed unparalleled prudence, honesty, grit and diligence and gave final shape to the Constitution," Mr Kovind stated. On observance of Constitution Day, the President reminded that it was in 2015, in the 125th birth anniversary year of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar that the Government of India decided to celebrate November 26, as Constitution Day every year to reiterate the people's gratitude to the chief architect of the Constitution.
He said while delivering his last speech in the Constituent Assembly on November 25, 1949, Dr Ambedkar, had said the success of the Constitution would depend upon the conduct of the people of India and the political parties. He complimented the people for the value and respect that the Indian Constitution had earned over the past 70 years.
He inaugurated a digital exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi through video conferencing from the Central Hall. (UNI)