On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value.
How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril. We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of democracy which this Constituent Assembly has so laboriously built up.
“I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile.”
“There is no nation of Indians in the real sense of the world, it is yet to be created. In believing we are a nation, we are cherishing a great delusion. How can people divided into thousand of castes be a nation? The sooner we realise that we are not yet a nation, in a social and psychological sense of the world, the better for us.”
“Independence is no doubt a matter of joy. But let us not forget that this independence has thrown on us greater responsibilities. By independence, we have lost the excuse of blaming the British for anything going wrong. If hereafter things go wrong, we will have nobody to blame except ourselves. There is a greater danger of things going wrong. Times are fast changing,”
“Our object in framing the Constitution is rally two-fold:
(1) To lay down the form of political democracy, and
(2) To lay down that our ideal is economic democracy and also to prescribe that every Government whatever is in power shall strive to bring about economic democracy. The directive principles have a great value, for they lay down that our ideal is economic democracy.”
Image Source : Hindustan Times
1 : Dignitaries at India’s first Republic Day parade
2 :Cartoon, which was published in the year 1950, on 24th January, that is two days before the first Indian Republic day, in The Hindustan Times, drawn by the famous Cartoonist Enver Ahmed . Cartoon showing Mother India giving birth to a baby called The Republic of India and DOCTOR Ambedkar holding that baby in his hands and giving a gentle touch, while the other characters in the background (from Left to Right ) Constituent Assembly congress Party as Nurse, t he people, Jawaharlal Nehru , Babu Rajendra Prasad and Vallabhai Patel all of them are looking at the newly born baby with great anxiety