The Indian constitution forms the basis of the law and order system in the country. Here are 5 fascinating facts that you need to know.
Even though the constitution forms the basis of our everyday life, we don’t know much about it. It came into force on January 26, 1950, written by the Drafting Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Here are five interesting things about it:
1. It took 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to draft the constitution. The current constitution has undergone a number of amendments. As of September 2016, there were 101 amendments made to the constitution.
2. India’s constitution is the longest constitution in the entire world! There are 448 articles and 12 schedules!
3. When the Drafting Committee wrote the constitution – they actually ‘wrote’ it. It was written using calligraphy in both Hindi and English by Prem Behari Narain Raizada. Each page was beautified by artists at Shantiniketan. It still exists – safely preserved at the library within the Parliament.
4. The Indian constitution is heavily borrowed. The principles are borrowed from constitutions of eleven different countries viz. Japan, United States, Ireland, France, Germany, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Britain and Canada. Government of India Act, 1935’s principles were also incorporated.
5. Before the constitution came into force on January 26, 1950, 283 members of the constituent assembly signed it. The draft of the constitution was amended a number of times before it was finally accepted.
Did you know these facts?
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