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New Delhi: India is going to observe the Constitution Day on 26th November from this year onwards.

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs decided that the parliament complex will be lit up in the evening tomorrow to observe the day. A special session of the parliament will also be held where lawmakers will pay tributes to the contributors in the constitution’s making.

The HRD ministry has urged all schools across India to have at least one period on the Constitution of India and conduct essay and quiz competitions. They are also told to ensure that students read the preamble to the constitution.

Likewise, colleges have been urged to have mock parliament session and debates.

The Central government has also announced that it will be having a year-long celebration of  BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. Ambedkar played a key role in the making of our constitution.

The fundamental rights stated in the constitution in recent times have been violated. Article 21 of Indian constitution gives the right to protection of life and private property to its citizens. 

Country-wide reaction to Aamir Khan’s comments is an example of a threat to the right to freedom of free speech and expression as stated in Article 19 (1)(a).

Every country in its infant stage has tried to make an ideal constitution and follow that but in times of internal unrest, leaders and civilians forget to follow it. Our neighbor Pakistan has faced this situation multiple times when an army general usurped power through a coup and violated constitutional rights. This problem is faced more by the countries who had got their freedom from the imperialists.

India has been very fortunate not to face such circumstances.  India mostly stuck to its constitution and it has been an important factor in building the image of India at the international stage.

British, at the time of leaving the country, said that Indians wouldn’t be able to govern themselves as they lacked the skills to do it. Though we have successfully proved them wrong, a lot of work is still needed to be done.

India is blessed with a great constitution but unfortunately, a large section of the population is not even aware of the rights they possess. And without the practical usefulness, a constitution is nothing more than just a book.

Constitution should give a sense of security and strength to the people. It should help make them believe that they can fight back if wronged. However, without the knowledge, it can’t be expected.

It is a disgrace that mostly people study the Constitution when they have to prepare for civil service entrance examination or any government job. There should be more awareness regarding the Constitution not because of patriotism but to defend the rights of a common man. The Constitution is there to make life easier, it is there to keep a check on those who are in power.

The largest written constitution in the world should not be treated just as a book or a manual. In the short history of free India, our Constitution has played its part and the need will escalate in coming days.

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Iran invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project with India

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Iran has invited Pakistan to join Chabahar port project
  • It is a very crucial port of great importance
  • India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar Port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran.

He also said that Gwadar Port and Chabahar Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern Iran and South Western Pakistan. “We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that,” Zarif said.

Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons

He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody”, adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

Zarif likened Iran’s relations with India to Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia. “Our relations with India, just like Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against Islamabad as we understand Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not against Iran.” IANS