New Delhi: Constitution Day is being celebrated across the country today to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. The day commemorates the adoption of the Constitution in India. On this very day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of the country formally adopted the Constitution which came into force on 26th January 1950.

President Ram Nath Kovind will be leading the celebrations of Constitution Day in the Central Hall of Parliament House. The occasion will also be graced by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Ministers, MPs, and other dignitaries. The general public has been requested to join President Kovind in reading Preamble to the Constitution from wherever they are following all COVID-19 protocols.

In order to ensure maximum people's participation, Parliamentary Affairs Ministry has developed two portals. One portal is for Online Reading of the Preamble to the Constitution in 22 official languages and English. The other portal is for Online Quiz on Constitutional Democracy. Anyone can participate in these and get certificates.

Constitution Day was first celebrated in 2015, when NDA Government decided to mark the day as a tribute to Dr. B R Ambedkar who played an important role in its framing as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee. The constituent assembly took two years, eleven months, and seventeen days to accomplish the stupendous task of drafting the historic document. It had many members who fought for the freedom of the country and came from different regions, religions, communities reflecting the country's diversity. 

The Constitution declares India a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, assuring its citizen's justice, equality, and liberty and endeavours to promote fraternity. It is the longest written constitution of any sovereign country in the world. The Indian constitution has stood the test of time as India has been able to foster a vibrant democracy at its heart.

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