INTERVIEWER: Wish you all, the fellow citizens of India a very happy 65th Republic day. Today we have with us the book who is born on this day 64 years ago which is celebrated as Republic Day. On this day India has got its constitution. The one that has rules, rights and duties that are binding to all people of India. Please join me in welcoming THE CONSTITUTION of India to our studio. Welcome to our show
CONSTITUTION of India: Thank you very much, I wish all the people of India a very Happy Republic Day. Thank you for inviting me, privileged to be in your show.
INTERVIEWER: Tell me how are you feeling on the occasion of your 65th Birthday, the day you came to validity and as an Identity to Indian Independence and marking the country becoming an independent republic
CONSTITUTION of India: Honestly I am very thrilled for being valid! India has done well in keeping me upheld as the supreme precedent. Though they made a few changes, I am still the same person!
INTERVIEWER: Tell me about the Drafting committee under the chairmanship of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Do you miss them?
CONSTITUTION of India: Dr. Ambedkar was really a great scholar. I am fortunate to have him as one of my creators. Others were wise and learned. They were successful in creating a very good constitution. Yes I miss them in a way that the amendments done to me did not have people’s good as the sole purpose.
INTERVIEWER: Are you proud that you are the longest national constitution in the world?
CONSTITUTION of India: Hmm, I feel I am going to stay incomplete until all the people have a sense of pride in it and desire to uphold its sanctity in all situations. There is no use until people are looking for loopholes and turnarounds.
INTERVIEWER: Do you feel that you are still incomplete? Do you feel that still there is scope for a better draft?
CONSTITUTION of India: I am complete and more than adequate but to a utopian society. Dr. Ambedkar and team envisioned that the freedom earned would be dear to people and that Indians would be very law-abiding and ideal people.
INTERVIEWER: Do you feel that Indians do not deserve you?
CONSTITUTION of India: I do not imply that. See, Indian Constitution was made for an ideal society. The draft committee and the contributors may have thought people of country would stay together keeping aside the regional, language, caste differences. They thought people would take pride in their freedom and work for it. That did not happen, people in power largely used it to further their interests.
INTERVIEWER: So, do you think we failed as a nation?
CONSTITUTION of India: We did not fail as a nation. We are successful in keeping the enemies at bay. We have built missiles and boast of a good Space program. We have a good foreign policy. We are still evolving as a society. We don’t appreciate our freedom anymore and take it for granted. We put ourselves before the country’s good.
INTERVIEWER: Why do you think we do not appreciate our freedom?
CONSTITUTION of India: Since early days we existed more as individual communities largely ignorant of happenings outside. We once came together to drive the British out. We went through a painful partition but again moved ourselves into our comfort zones.
I think Poverty and fear of it is one of the reasons for not appreciating the freedom. The lack of economic opportunities for the people and largely dysfunctional government programs made life a constant struggle. Excelling in exams, getting job, getting married, taking care of kids, parents has become the priority in life. No one has the freedom to choose their field of study, which is decided by parents or the economic conditions. So where is the freedom? These factors have largely influenced our way of thinking and our opinions of others. In spite of the recent economic boom we did not lose our insecurities, we are still the same selfish, self-indulgent, future fearing people. We do not strongly identify with anything national but with caste, region, religion…
It’s easy to divide us on any petty issue. But its time we value our freedom, and work to stay united.
INTERVIEWER: How can we do that?
CONSTITUTION of India: We have to stop being hypocritical. Any leader saying he is fighting for a cause, has something in it for him. Lets clarify about what they want and we decide whether having him as our leader is beneficial for all and the nation as a whole.
I am proud that 1.2 billion people are under me! but not many are aware of me. Rather than adding more to the hungry mouths, we need to be aware that population is no more an asset.
INTERVIEWER: Do you have anything to say to the youth?
CONSTITUTION of India: The way the social studies and Civics are taught in our schools, for students I am just another subject. They have to know that I am not a fixed or done deal but an evolving one. It’s in their hands to make or break this nation. They have to become sensible to the challenges this nation is facing and take part in politics actively or passively.
INTERVIEWER: Thanks a lot for sparing your time. Wish you again a very happy birthday.
CONSTITUTION of India: I am all yours! thank you and I am getting old and its time you all gave me a facelift!