Dimapur, November 28: The Department of Political Science, Tetso College, Dimapur, Nagaland joined the rest of the country in commemorating the adoption of the Constitution of India on November 26, 1949. The great service of Bharat Ratna Dr B R Ambedkar as a humanist, chairperson of constitution drafting committee and first law minister of independent India to the nation was also remembered by the Tetso College on this occasion.
The programme was attended by Dr Hewasa Lorin, Vice Principal, Kvulo Lorin, Director, Dean, Assistant Dean and various Department Heads besides members of the teaching community, students and also well wishers of the college.
The programme started with the welcome address by Dr Aniruddha Babar who began his speech tracing the contours of a journey of the Drafting of the Constitution of India. He emphasized on the importance of being law abiding citizen.
He further mentioned that, “when one does not like a particular law, the remedy resides in modifying, revoking or amending it by the procedures established in the Constitution of India for that very purpose. That methodology is the sole means of guaranteeing that popular will cannot be seized and held captive by the extreme interpretations. The Constitution was, is and will remain supreme. The Rule of Law shall forever prevail and continue to chart the destiny of all of us- the people of India.”
He concluded his speech reminding the participants the importance of the clean ‘character’ of the members of the judiciary, civil servants and representatives of the people functioning in the Legislature, Judiciary and Executive arms of the Government by quoting Dr. B.R. Ambedkar verbatim, “However good a Constitution may be, if those who are implementing it are not good, it will prove to be bad. However bad a Constitution may be, if those implementing it are good, it will prove to be good”.
Head of the Department, Dr Rimmei Longmei spoke about the Indian Constitution as a living document. He began his speech by thanking all for attending the event and inviting all to see with him how the Constitution has worked in the last 70 years and how our country India has managed to be governed by the same Constitution.
He shared the reason for describing our Constitution as a living document. He also spoke about the shared vision that has not disappeared and concluded by paying a rich tribute to all the Constitution makers under the chairmanship of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar who were so farsighted and wise from whom we have inherited a very robust Constitution.
Anjan K Behera, Assistant Dean had given a thought provoking speech and emphasized on the role of constitution and constitutional ideals in defining the matters relating to citizens political, social and cultural freedoms.
Before the commemorative speech, seven students presented their papers on different aspects of the Indian Constitution under the theme: “The constitution of India: My Pride, My Identity.” Student participants have given their views on various relevant issues like Right to education, fundamental Rights and duties, Economic Justice & Social Equality, Need for awareness about constitutional rights, indigenous people’s rights and protective measures under the constitution of India, significance of Article 32, Role of Dr. Ambedkar in nation building and making India welfare state, etc
The keynote speaker Dr Samraggi Chakraborty has given a legal perspective to preamble of constitution emphasized on the importance of ‘Right to Equality’ and mentioned the obligatory role of fundamental duties. Noteworthy to mention about her speech is the significance given to citizens by the constitution framers.
The commemoration event was also marked by the mass reading of the Preamble of the Constitution led by the chairpersons which was followed by a short vote of thanks from Dr. V. Vijaya Chamundeswari, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science.
(Page News Service)