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Right to Information * Indian Constitution * Republic Day

The right to information has been accorded the status of a fundamental right in the Indian constitution after decades of lobbying by activists.  On Republic Day, citizens of India celebrate and honor the Indian constitution which helps to bring about true democracy and a just, egalitarian and free society.  This may seem like a distant dream. All fundamental rights like the right to information is an important first step in bringing about awareness and a more democratic society in India.  The right to information helps ensure transparency and accountability in government proceedings.  The functioning of the government of India has been marred by corruption.  Now, slowly, principled citizens of India are standing up and questioning corrupt practices by so-called government officials.  Earlier, most citizens of India voted every 5 years and were hardly aware about what the government was doing … Continue reading

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Republic Day Celebration * Indian Constitution

India celebrates its Republic Day every year on January 26th.  The Republic Day was the day the governing document which serves as a guideline for the developing democracy came into force.  Democracy is rule by the people, for the people and of the people.  After the many struggles and sacrifices of Indian freedom fighters, the hopes of millions of idealistic Indians rose when India became independent from British imperialistic forces on August 15, 1947.  The Republic Day celebration thus celebrates and honors the most important document of India, the Indian constitution. As soon as India achieved independence, a drafting committee for the Indian constitution with eminent jurist and social activist Dr. BR Ambedkar presiding was formed.  The draft constitution was presented to the parliamentary assembly which was open to the public in sessions spreading over almost a 3 years’ duration. … Continue reading

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Fundamental Rights of India * Right to Education * Republic Day

The fundamental rights of India in the Indian Constitution now include the right to education.  Earlier, it was mentioned in the right to life.  In April 2010, after decades of lobbying by child rights activists, the right to education was given separate status as a fundamental right under the Indian constitution. The right to education is recognized as a fundamental human right as per international law in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  As a democratic republic, the Indian constitution now helps ensure that there is a move towards quality education for all children of India.  In fact, the elected government and taxes need to go in to ensure that free and compulsory education is accorded to all children between the ages of 6 and 14 in neighborhood vicinities.  This seems like a challenging obstacle to surmount.  In most states, … Continue reading

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Right against Exploitation * Indian Constitution * Republic Day

Right against exploitation is a fundamental right of the Indian constitution.  Right against exploitation prohibits forced labor, child labor and human trafficking.  India is sadly the slave capital of the world according to the global slavery index study conducted in 2014.  Poor and impoverished families are enslaved as forced and bonded laborers in some of the callous construction industries, agricultural plantations, brick kilns, garment industries, etc.   Some of them also become trapped in enslaving and callous gulf countries.  Child labor also sadly still exists, even though India is about to celebrate its 66th Republic Day.  Child rights activists, human right activists and NGOs are doing tremendous and courageous service to free enslaved human beings in India.  Kailash Satyarthi and the movement started by him, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), saved more than 83,000 children so far in … Continue reading

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Right to Freedom * Freedom of Speech and Expression * Republic Day

On January 26th every year, citizens of India celebrate Republic Day.  Republic Day is the day the democratic governing document of India was brought into force after the end of the Indian freedom struggle.   One of the fundamental rights of the Indian constitution is the right to freedom.  This includes the right to freedom of speech and expression subject to public order, morality, decency and security of the state.  In dictatorial regimes, freedom of speech and expression are restricted.  People hardly have a voice or can act and address problems or innovate in dictatorships.   Due to the Indian constitution and democratic rights which celebrate human rights, citizens of India can more freely speak and express their heartfelt views.  However, is freedom of speech and expression really being practiced or is it a pseudo and deceptive democracy that is being practiced?  … Continue reading

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Fundamental rights and duties in Indian Constitution

Fundamental rights: Fundamental rights are those rights which are essential for the well being of a person. Part III of the Indian Constitution contains the list of Fundamental Rights; that guarantees civil liberties to all the citizens of India to live in peace and harmony without the fear of being suppressed by others. The Indian Judiciary has the discretion to punish those violating these fundamental rights under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code. No person can be deprived these rights pertaining to basic liberty in the form of human freedoms. It is the judiciary that safeguards these rights of the citizens. In some exceptional cases, i.e. during emergencies the State can impose restrictions on the enjoyment of these fundamental rights. The Constitution provides for the enjoyment of 6 Fundamental rights. They are: Right to Equality (under Article 14 – … Continue reading

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