On the occasion of 66th Republic Day, let me first extend my greetings to all Indians, living in India or abroad. On 26th January, 1950, the Constitution of independent India was adopted and India became a Republic; since then we have been celebrating 26th January as Republic Day, a national festival as reiteration of the freedoms and assurances that have been bestowed upon us, the citizen of India, by the Constitution.
It is the efficacious result of the relentless efforts of the makers of our constitution that most of the freedoms and assurances bestowed upon us by the constitution of India, barring some aberrations, have always been safeguarded. Nevertheless, I have to note, rather painfully, that the constitution of India, since its commissioning, has constantly been assaulted by the parliamentarians… The cardinal sin was committed by the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, when he introduced the first amendment, which curbed the freedom of expression of the citizens of India forever. Then there’s an article 370, again the legacy of ‘visionary’ Nehru, which legitimizes the existence of a nation within the nation and hence fosters the very two nations theory which led to the vivisection of India. The biggest assault on the constitution was carried out by Indira Gandhi when she tempered the very Preamble of it. Can we, the citizens of India, expect from the government we’ve elected with an overwhelming majority to at least attempt the course correction? Will it be too much to ask?
Let all of us vow to relentlessly work towards making India what the makers of our constitution had desired… Yes We Can!!