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Indian Constitution Day: Young IFS Officers at Indian Embassy in China Enact Play on Formation and Execution of Indian Constitution

Unlike the US Constitution that took 131 years to grant voting rights to women, the Indian Constitution gave equal rights to everyone irrespective of race, religion or gender

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Beijing, November 26, 2016: Today, on the occasion of Indian Constitution Day, the young IFS officers at the Indian embassy in China enacted a play on the formation and execution of the Indian Constitution.

The embassy organised a meeting at its office to emphasise on the contribution of Dr BR Ambedkar in the formation and implementation of the constitution and also to highlight his contribution in building modern India.

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Deputy Ambassador Amit Narang said in the meeting that the constitution marks a silent revolution that preserved the unity and dignity of India.

Unlike the US Constitution that took 131 years to grant voting rights to women, the Indian Constitution gave equal rights to everyone irrespective of race, religion or gender.

According to PTI, The stars of the show were the IFS officers who performed the play on the formation of Constitution. The officers who performed the play were Padmakumar Ajith John Joshua, Nikhil MV, Vivekanand TS Pratik Negi, Aniket Patankar, Aravind J Saloni Sahai, Gautam Kumar Pandey and Pankaj Phukan. The Master of ceremonies was Anupama Singh.

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These young IFS officers are currently studying the Chinese language before they take up their respective assignments.

The play sketched the formation of the constitution, its prominent aspects and significance of granting universal suffrage that brought equality in India years after the Independence movement.

For the first time in history, the Indian embassy in Beijing has the highest number of young officers studying the Chinese language. Officers said that the number of young IFS officers specialising in Chinese studies is increasing. This shows the importance of the relationship between India and China.

The meeting also included the screening of a number of short videos displaying the conversations of the members of the Indian Constituent Assembly.

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“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

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