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Constitution Day 2018: 10 Interesting Facts About The Indian Constitution Every Indian Should Know

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| November 26 , 2018 , 15:45 IST

The Narendra Modi led government declared November 26 to be observed as Constitution Day on November 19, 2015. That year the government was observing the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, and as part of the celebrations had decided to celebrate Constitution Day.

Constitution Day is celebrated every year to mark the day on which the Indian Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly.

On the eve of Constitution Day, let us reflect on some Interesting facts of the Indian Constitution.

Dr B.R. Ambedkar is considered as the Father of Indian Constitution.

The original Constitution of India was handwritten by Prem Behari Narain Raizada in italic style with pleasing calligraphy. Each page of the constitution was beautified and decorated by artists from Shantiniketan.

 

The Constituent Assembly took almost three years (two years, eleven months and seventeen days) to complete the historic task of drafting the Constitution for Independent India.

It is the longest written constitution of an independent country in the world.

The original copies of the Indian Constitution, written in Hindi and English, are kept in special helium-filled cases in the Library of the Parliament of India.

When the draft was prepared and put for debate and discussion, over 2000 amendments were made, before it was finalised.

The handwritten Constitution was signed on 24th January 1950, by 284 members of the Constituent Assembly, which included 15 women. It came into force two days later on 26th January.

The date 26th January was specially selected since it was the anniversary of “Purna Swaraj Day” (26th January 1930); the day Indian congress seeded the fight for complete Independence and hoisted the Indian national flag for the first time.

The Constitution of India has inspired some of its features from 10 other countries which include Britain, Ireland, the USA, Japan, France, Former USSR, South Africa, Germany, Australia, and Canada.

The Indian Constitution has also been hailed as one of the world's best Constitution because, in 6 years of its adoption, it had been amended only 94 times. As of now, our Constitution has undergone a total of 100 amendments.