Republic day is a real special day for us Indians. Even though most of us weren’t even present or born when India became a republic, but we have been proud of the moment when India gave itself a set of norms and regulations, which the people swore to abide by, till the moment this country remains.
The day is remembered as the day when the first draft of the constitution was presented before the national assembly. We have been seeing parades, dances, marches, and everything that highlight how great our country is, and how important is our constitution.
So, should we be celebrating Republic Day this year? If there is a year when the constitution of our country has been in more peril, it is this one. Within the 70th and 71st Republic Day, our very constitution has been the most under attack.
Let us see how our constitution has been undermined within this period.
CAA and NRC and protests
We all know about the political unrest the citizenship amendment act and the violent protests against it that erupted in the entire country. The protests are because the Amendment benefits Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian and Parsi refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who sought refuge in India before 2015; the Amendment leaves out Muslims and others from these countries, as well as refugee Sri Lankan Tamils in India, Rohingyas from Myanmar, and Buddhist refugees from Tibet. With the proposed implementation the government has undermined secularism of our country, which is deeply embedded in the constitution.
On 5 August 2019, the government of India scrapped Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, making all the provisions of the Indian constitution applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. This may be the attempt to breathe new life into the economy of J&K, but the way it was done was completely unconstitutional. Internet services have been suspended, curfew was imposed in certain cities and political leaders were placed under house arrest. This has instilled fear amongst the people that their freedom of rights can also be suspended just like that.
Final NRC of Assam leaves out 19 lakh people
More than 19 lakh people in Assam have been excluded from the final version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam that was released by the government today at 10 am. A total of 3.29 crore people had applied for the NRC, of which 3.11 crore made it to the final list.
So, at a time when the constitution is under a direct threat, the only remaining question is, should we be really celebrating Republic Day?