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I have been planning to write about constitution making and Secularism for a long time. The discussion in parliament about these issues has given me an opportunity to express my views. I hope I am protected by the provision in the constitution for freedom of expression, though some may not like my views I was born in British India and I celebrated Independence at the age of 8. I described our euphoria on the day of our independence day in my story Nalugu Dinaalu (4 days ;independence day, the day Gandhi died, the day Potti SriRamulu died and a day my age group fellow and a naxalite died) Me and my friends hoisted flags on Aug.15 for several years on our houses.
I remember the day when India became a Republic I contributed a rupee to my school function which was a big money in those days .
I am writing all this , so that no person would have doubts about my patriotism .
Coming to the constitution , it was hand written by one Sri Raizda
About 292 constitution making members of the Parliament signed the document Tanguturi, Pattabhi and several others signed on the first page
The second signature on the second page was that of Sri BR Ambedkar
He was the Charman of the drafting committee of our constitution.
He was assisted by about 27 committees of which Babu Rajendra Prasad was the Chairman
In drafting, the following persons were his co authors .Sarva sri
1 Alladi Krishna Swamy Ayyar
2.Gopala Swamy Iyyengar
3.Sayed Mohmamodulla
4.KM MUnshi
5.N.Madhava Rao
6. TTKrishnamachari

The word Secular was not used in the constitution but brought into circulation
by the idealist Sri J.L.Nehru This not what Gandhiji preached because ,
SECULAR means not based on religion. ( Please see any good dictionary) So nobody gets special rights/ privileges based on the faith one follows
. So Rajnath ji is wrong

  • If we are really secular we should have same civil and penal codes ( Neither Hinduism nor Islam prohibits polygamy. But they also do not insist that their followers should practise polygamy . Similarly you should have common marriageable ages . Hindu scriptures say Bride should be of 8 years age )
  • So Rajivji is wrong. He denied rights to Muslim women based on their/ their husbands’ faith .Naturally Soniaji is also wrong
  • Constitution only provides to freedom to follow ones own faith as long as it does not violate the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution
  • Gandhian philosophy and British practice do not come under the definition of secularism They are about TOLERANCE and hence our todays confusion!

Written by kavanasarma

November 26, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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  1. Sir,
    Well written. Many words / concepts have changed with time or have been imbued with a new meaning by interest groups. And that is why History is useful!!


    November 26, 2015 at 1:54 pm

  2. It is good you chose to write this note. I only remember Patel’s death when our primary school’s anniversary was cancelled and Potti Sri Ramulu death when ther was looting of good train, police firing and death of an on-looker when I was in High school. Wikipedia article says “These are the opening words of the preamble to the Indian Constitution

    “ WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:
    JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

    LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

    EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

    and to promote among them all

    FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;


    This is wrong Socialist and Secular were not there on 26/11/49. They were added by an amendment in Indira Gandhis time much later – some 91st or so – The words were never defined and are not understood by the British or American usage of the term. Hindu scriptures do not say the bride should be 8. It is for only one type of marriage among 8 – that is kanyadan in a Brahmin wedding. The remaining 7 types have no specified ages Eight different types of Vivaah have been documented in the ancient Indian scripture Manu Smriti III.20-34.and Manusmriti is not valid smriti now and Smriti is flexible – according to age.

    Vvs Sarma

    November 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

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