Constitution Day 2022: 8 interesting facts about Indian Constitution

New Delhi: Constitution Day, also known as “National Law Day”, is observed annually in India on 26 November to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution. The Constituent Assembly of India enacted the Indian Constitution on 26 November 1949 and it came into force on 26 January 1950.

Here are 8 interesting facts about the Indian Constitution:

1. This world’s longest constitution is exciting:

With so many writings, the Indian Constitution is the longest constitution in the world as compared to any sovereign country. It has a preamble, 22 parts, 448 articles, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 115 amendments in its present form.

2. It is a ‘bag of credit’:

The Indian Constitution, which upholds the concepts of equality, fraternity, secularism, etc., is often regarded as a collection of borrowings as a result of incorporation of provisions from various other countries.

3. Handwritten Constitution:

Prem Bihari Narayan Raizada handwritten the original Indian Constitution in a flowing italic style with beautiful calligraphy. He used 254 NO.303 pen-holder nibs and took six months to complete the writing. The Government of India assigned him a chamber in the Constituent Assembly to do important work.

Instead of asking for fees, he sought permission to write his name on every page of the constitution and his grandfather’s name on the last page.

4. Artifact Constitution:

Our constitution is an example of handcrafted originality. Acharya Nandlal Bose and his disciple at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan were entrusted with this great task of completing the artwork on each page of the Constitution.

Nandlal Bose painted the principal paintings and instructed his students to create other artwork. Beohar Rammanohar Sinha, a disciple of Nandlal Bose, embellished the most important page of the Constitution, the “Preamble”, which is commonly referred to as the “Face of the Constitution”.

5. Total Expenditure:

The document eventually came into force with a total expenditure of Rs 6.4 million.

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6. Indian women’s right to vote:

After the Indian Constitution came into force, Indian women got the right to vote. Previously, they were denied this right, and only men were allowed to vote.

7. Original Copies of the Constitution:

The original copies of the Constitution are kept in the Parliament Library. It is placed in a box filled with helium and wrapped in flannel cloth with naphthalene balls.

8. Time taken to prepare the constitution:

It took about 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to make the Indian Constitution.

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