Republic Day is around the corner. It’s a good time to remember that this national day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force, back in 1950.

Its opening words are full of promise: “We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic and to secure to all its citizens: JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation….”

But have we, as a nation, delivered on this promise? To what degree?

How many of us have even read through the Constitution, apart from mugging up parts of it when it was required study at school for civics?

Can we examine how aspects of this long and interesting document impact our lives at various levels? Would you like to share your thoughts on this as future leaders of industry and drivers of society?

Write to us at bloncampus@thehindu.co.in.

You might even like to send in photographs or cartoons or illustrations. Those are welcome too. You could even post these on facebook.com/groups/bloncampus.

(This article was published on January 23, 2013)
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