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‘Like the Gita’: Lok Sabha Speaker pays tributes to Constitution, vows for unity

71st Constitution Day 2021: President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other leaders all took part in the event that salutes the important piece of document laying down the fundamental political code of a democratic and secular India.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla (File Photo / PTI)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla (File Photo / PTI)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 12:29 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Know your Constitution: Salient features of India's fundamental political code

71st Constitution Day 2021: The Constitution of India, the longest written constitution of any country, is considered the supreme law of the nation and demarcates the structure, framework, powers, and duties of government institutions.
The Constitution of India 
The Constitution of India 
Published on Nov 26, 2021 10:44 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

On Constitution Day, PM Modi shares part of BR Ambedkar’s speech

Constitution Day is observed every year on November 26 to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949.
On Constitution Day, the government is organising a number of programmes. (PTI File Photo)
On Constitution Day, the government is organising a number of programmes. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 10:03 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Flag Adoption Day: All you need to know about the Indian Tricolour

The Flag Adoption Day is marked to celebrate the adoption of the Tricolour on July 22, 1947, as India's national flag. On January 26, 2002, the flag code was modified to allow the citizens of India to hoist the Indian flag over their homes, offices and factories on any day.
The national flag is a horizontal Tricolor of deep saffron at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion.(Twitter/@renewablepower5)
The national flag is a horizontal Tricolor of deep saffron at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion.(Twitter/@renewablepower5)
Published on Jul 22, 2021 11:34 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PM Modi, Amit Shah extend greetings on occasion of Hindi Diwas

The Hindi language was first adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India as the official language of the Republic of India on September 14, 1949.
New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 10:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi

Remembering the women of the Constituent Assembly | Opinion

History has not been kind to them. Most of the stalwarts of the assembly have faded from the public conscience
Let us learn from our greats, and try to achieve a representation level which is both substantive and inclusive(HT Archives)
Let us learn from our greats, and try to achieve a representation level which is both substantive and inclusive(HT Archives)
Updated on Mar 10, 2020 10:17 PM IST
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ByReshma Arif

Republic at 70 | BR Ambedkar’s legacy: Hope, defiance, critique

Reform: The chairman of the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly continues to inspire millions of people. His ideas and institutions form the pillars of the world’s largest democracy
BR Ambedkar, May 1946. Photo by Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty images
BR Ambedkar, May 1946. Photo by Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty images
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 11:50 PM IST
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Republic at 70: How Ambedkar, Constituent Assembly dealt with the caste conundrum

ANNIHILATION: Crucial to addressing the problem of caste, the Constituent Assembly (CA) noted, was recognising that it posed a problem that was distinct to that presented by religion.
C Rajagopalachari (R), then governor general of India, with law minister BR Ambedkar on June 14, 1948 .(HT archives)
C Rajagopalachari (R), then governor general of India, with law minister BR Ambedkar on June 14, 1948 .(HT archives)
Updated on Jan 29, 2020 01:20 PM IST
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ByMadhav Khosla

Rebuild trust between State, citizens | Opinion

Gandhi would have been disturbed by the India of today. Politicians must now course correct
It is time to ask whether Mahatma Gandhi laid down his life for this(AP)
It is time to ask whether Mahatma Gandhi laid down his life for this(AP)
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 08:33 PM IST
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ByShashi Shekhar

Safeguarding free speech from threats is important |Opinion

REASONABLE RESTRICTIONS: The enumeration of specific subjects in Article 19(2), on which the freedom of speech could be restricted, kept a check on excessive inroads into the right.
The Nation’s elected leaders at work on the constitution which free India should have been appearing in the picture are BR Ambedkar, Sarat Chandra Bose, Vallabhbhai Patel, BG Kher, Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi and Frank Anthony(HT Photo/ Archive)
The Nation’s elected leaders at work on the constitution which free India should have been appearing in the picture are BR Ambedkar, Sarat Chandra Bose, Vallabhbhai Patel, BG Kher, Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi and Frank Anthony(HT Photo/ Archive)
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 06:37 AM IST
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ByMadhavi Goradia Divan

Republic Day reads from HT: Celebrating 70 years of Indian Constitution

To mark this day for you — our reader, we at Hindustan Times, have handpicked the stories weaving India’s journey from an Independent nation to a democracy with a governing document, including a handful of archives.
An Indian Border Security Force soldier walks through a gate painted with the Indian flag at the India-Pakistan border at Suchet Garh in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 27 kilometers south of Jammu.(AP)
An Indian Border Security Force soldier walks through a gate painted with the Indian flag at the India-Pakistan border at Suchet Garh in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 27 kilometers south of Jammu.(AP)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 09:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Republic at 70: The importance of fundamental rights, writes Gautam Bhatia

India’s Constitution is, at the end of the day, a transformative Constitution: it transforms subjects to citizens, and brings ideas of freedom and equality into spaces they would otherwise never come.
Students hold a national flag, claimed to be more than 1,000-feet long, during a rally ahead of Republic Day in Mumbai.(Photo: AP)
Students hold a national flag, claimed to be more than 1,000-feet long, during a rally ahead of Republic Day in Mumbai.(Photo: AP)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 06:29 AM IST
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ByGautam Bhatia

Republic at 70: Universal adult franchise was the Constitution’s boldest move

The adoption of universal suffrage is a great and bold venture of faith of the Constituent Assembly in the people of the country and in the principle of democracy.
24 January 1950 - The New Constitution of India was signed by the members of the constituent assembly at its final session.(HT Archives)
24 January 1950 - The New Constitution of India was signed by the members of the constituent assembly at its final session.(HT Archives)
Published on Jan 25, 2020 11:05 PM IST
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ByAlladi Krishnaswami Ayyar

Opinion| How the Constitution moulded citizens

The protests we’re seeing today — and which show little sign of slackening — are the most positive reaffirmation of our commitment to the Constitution. That’s another reason why this Republic Day is special
Are the anti-CAA protests a sign that our commitment to the Constitution is as strong as it ever was?(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Are the anti-CAA protests a sign that our commitment to the Constitution is as strong as it ever was?(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 25, 2020 05:50 PM IST
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Republic at 70: In Partition’s shadow, Constituent Assembly adopted secular charter

Taking a leaf from the Round Table conferences, the Assembly created several committees on specific subjects (fundamental rights, minorities, and allocation of powers). Drawing on the committees’ recommendations, the Assembly’s advisor, B.N. Rau, prepared a draft constitution in October 1947.
Jawaharlal Nehru addressing a meeting of a committee of the Constituent Assembly in New Delhi, 1949.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Jawaharlal Nehru addressing a meeting of a committee of the Constituent Assembly in New Delhi, 1949.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 06:50 AM IST
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ByVikram Raghavan

Republic at 70: Preamble embodies Constitution’s vision

The content of the Preamble not only embodies events that predate the adoption of the Constitution, but also incorporates citizens’ experiences over the past 70 years.
A photo of the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly with its chairman BR Ambedkar in the centre.(Alamy Photo)
A photo of the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly with its chairman BR Ambedkar in the centre.(Alamy Photo)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 06:51 AM IST
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ByAnurag Bhaskar

Constitution to SC: How the federal doctrine evolved

Distribution of powers between the Centre and the states and the kind of federal structure it provides or conceives is not the sole basis for the validity of a law or executive action. Equally, if not more important, are the issues relating to the fundamental rights and foundational principles that constitute the basic structure of the Constitution.
Vallabhbhai Patel (R) in a moment of levity with his associate, Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar, in 1949.(HT Archive)
Vallabhbhai Patel (R) in a moment of levity with his associate, Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar, in 1949.(HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 24, 2020 07:01 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByMP Singh

Framers put forth a plural, secular basis for citizenship

The plural basis of citizenship was carried into the Citizenship Act, 1955 whose primary purpose was to determine the principle of “acquisition and termination” of citizenship to supplement the constitutional provisions.
A view of the Constituent Assembly on December 10, 1946.(HT Archive)
A view of the Constituent Assembly on December 10, 1946.(HT Archive)
Published on Jan 23, 2020 07:15 AM IST
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ByShadan Farasat

Republic@70: People who steered India’s founding document

India is going to celebrate its 70th Republic Day on January 26 this year.
Preamble Constitution of Republic of India
Preamble Constitution of Republic of India
Updated on Jan 22, 2020 09:53 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

The audacity of democratic hope

The diversity referred to the unmistakable extant social and economic conditions; the unity and democracy were challenges and aspirations.
A view of the Constituent Assembly on December 10, 1946.(HT archive)
A view of the Constituent Assembly on December 10, 1946.(HT archive)
Published on Jan 20, 2020 01:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByUday S Mehta

From nation-state to state-nation

India must think hard before uprooting the framework that makes it the envy of the world
Religion is the only cleavage that can be reduced to a bipolar majority-minority contest in India(Hindustan Times)
Religion is the only cleavage that can be reduced to a bipolar majority-minority contest in India(Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 18, 2019 06:35 PM IST
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ByMilan Vaishnav

‘People will get their political rights ’: BJP’s Ram Madhav on abrogation of Article 370

‘BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav says political dissenters will be released soon
(From left) Ram Madhav and Manish Tiwari during the concluding day of Military Literature Festival-2019 at Lake Club in Chandigarh on Sunday(Keshav Singh/HT)
(From left) Ram Madhav and Manish Tiwari during the concluding day of Military Literature Festival-2019 at Lake Club in Chandigarh on Sunday(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Dec 16, 2019 07:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByAishwarya Khosla, Chandigarh

HTLS 2019: Fundamentals of freedom will guide India’s future

Gradually, people in India started resisting the diktats of the colonial power. An event in 1885 gave birth to the Congress.
Farmers plant rice in Pune, Maharashtra. A conversation for the future must relate to bringing about structural changes in the modes of production(HT Photo)
Farmers plant rice in Pune, Maharashtra. A conversation for the future must relate to bringing about structural changes in the modes of production(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2019 09:23 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByKapil Sibal

HTLS 2019: For a better India, nurture constitutional ideals | Opinion

Democracy, federalism,equality, pluralism, and justice are India’s foundational principles. They must be preserved and deepened
India has been a robust democracy. It is deeply federal. It has maintained diversity. And it has worked towards a more just society. For the future, it needs to safeguard and preserve precisely these features(Bloomberg)
India has been a robust democracy. It is deeply federal. It has maintained diversity. And it has worked towards a more just society. For the future, it needs to safeguard and preserve precisely these features(Bloomberg)
Published on Nov 30, 2019 05:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByChanakya

Constitution @70: It has made India what it is. Live up to its ideals

It unified India. Irrespective of region, class, caste, religion anyone who subscribed to the Constitution and lived within its framework was (and is) an Indian citizen.
January 25, 1950: Key members of the Constituent Assembly sign the first copies of the Constitution(HT PHOTO)
January 25, 1950: Key members of the Constituent Assembly sign the first copies of the Constitution(HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 26, 2019 12:01 PM IST
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Opposition likely to boycott joint session of Parliament on Constitution Day

The government is celebrating ‘Constitution Day’ or ‘Samvidhan Diwas’ on Tuesday in the Central Hall of Parliament to mark the 70th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.
The Congress and some other opposition parties are likely to boycott the joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday called to commemorate the Constitution Day.(PTI)
The Congress and some other opposition parties are likely to boycott the joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday called to commemorate the Constitution Day.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 02:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Treatment of caste sets apart India’s constitutional vision

At India’s founding, Parliament functioned as a dual-purpose body, legislature by morning, and as Constitution drafters by afternoon
Rajendra Prasad, President of Constitutional Assembly sign new Constitution of the Republic of India - HT Photo.
Rajendra Prasad, President of Constitutional Assembly sign new Constitution of the Republic of India - HT Photo.
Published on Nov 25, 2019 11:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMenaka Guruswamy

At the core of the Constitution is respect for mass aspirations

The Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Dr BR Ambedkar, in particular, with seamless ease fluxed his understanding of the aspirations of the emerging nation with his formidable learning and knowledge of the ideas of Thomas Jefferson, James Bryce and George Grote.
Dr BR Ambedkar, chairman of the Drafting Committee (left), presents the final draft of the Indian Constitution to Dr Rajendra Prasad.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Dr BR Ambedkar, chairman of the Drafting Committee (left), presents the final draft of the Indian Constitution to Dr Rajendra Prasad.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Published on Nov 25, 2019 11:53 PM IST
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Hinduastan Times, New Delhi | ByGopal Krishna Gandhi

CelebsPick: 5 near-forgotten heroes whose stories need a fresh retelling

In the age of biographies, five storytellers pick one personality they’d want to celebrate
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 08:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVeenu Singh

The language question | HT editorial

Don’t change existing arrangements. Encourage linguistic diversity
Home Minister Amit Shah at the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' New Delhi, Sept 14(PTI)
Home Minister Amit Shah at the 'Hindi Divas Samaroh' New Delhi, Sept 14(PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 10:07 PM IST
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