'Constitution is a functional manual', says Union Law Minister Kiren Rijju

‘Constitution is a functional manual’, says Union Law Minister Kiren Rijju

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju launches an online course of the constitution of India at an event organised as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

New Delhi: Launching an online course on the Constitution of India at an event organised as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju expressed his hopes that the course will make citizens realise that Indian Constitution is a “functional manual and not merely a document”. 

Laying down the importance of the Online Course on Constitution, he said, “This will be an important milestone in spreading the aspirations and ideals of the Constitution and empowers the citizens of this country by making them aware of the principles enshrined in the Constitution.”

He expressed the hope that the course will make the people realize that the Constitution is a functional manual that aids and empowers each citizen of the country than merely being a document of governance.

He also said, “I’ve also told CJI that it’s not necessary that judgement/justice should be delivered from the courtroom; it can be delivered at doorsteps, fields too. We have to come out of our comfort zones,” Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said at the launch of an online course on the Indian Constitution.

He pointed out that the importance of the day lies in the fact that in the preceding two centuries while the governance acts were imposed by the imperial power, the Constitution of India has been framed by the people of India themselves through representatives assembled in a sovereign Constituent Assembly.

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He further appealed to the students to nurture the views of Mahatma Gandhi when he said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” and further urged them to prove themselves to the growing legal challenges by rendering pro-bono public services as professed by the leaders of this country.

He quoted Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar, saying “Constitution is not a mere lawyer’s document. It is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of age” and expressed his anguish when he hears some people say that they do not believe in the law and in the constitution, which he termed as a sad state of affairs and said that if people understand their duties truly, the rights will never be affected.

Addressing the eminent gathering, Rijiju underlined the values of the Indian Freedom Movement as enshrined in the Constitution, especially the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of State Policy, which have been the key drivers for social, economic and political justice for all. He mentioned that while being the lengthiest Constitution of the World, the Indian Constitution remains dynamic and relevant as ever, as having a unique blend of rigidity and flexibility.

He stressed that the Constitution as a transformative document is required to be imbibed by the citizens and hence, the online course is indeed a step towards enlightening all citizens with a spirit of Constitutional morality and visions of our founding fathers. He further accentuated that the online course, with the teachings of the Constitution, shall play a definite role in helping citizens to become future defenders of the liberties given by this great Document.

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He lauded the efforts of the Department of Legal Affairs in collaboration with NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in launching this important course, to spread and amplify the message of the Constitution, as we celebrate 75 years of independence.

The course has been launched by the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice in collaboration with the National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR), University of Law.

first published:Nov. 26, 2021, 12:27 p.m.

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