Save Constitution, Save India

Save Constitution, Save India

India is not the name of any particular community; rather it is a complex mix of different religious, cultural, social, racial, ethical and social groups. So it's high time for secular Indians to be united to defeat the communal forces.

By Muddassir Ahmad Qasmi

On 26th January 2020 we Indians, are going to celebrate the 71st Republic Day of our country, and naturally every citizen of the country is beaming with happiness and remembering freedom fighters' struggle and constitution makers' sincere efforts with fond admiration.

Every year 26th January, the red letter day in the history of India, gives us a genteel reminder that we are free and every particle of this country is ours. We have also a feeling of satisfaction because our rights are defined and preserved in the secular constitution of India. That's why our love for the country is unparalleled and we demonstrate our love with enthusiasm on Republic Day.

With a deep sense of appreciation, we salute those who stood with the cause of country and contributed a lot in the early days of free India by making a dynamic secular constitution for the country.  In fact they were the people who led the way to progress. This task—making a secular constitution—was easy for them because they had witnessed all the freedom fighters' sacrifices. They did not want to fritter away the opportunity obtained after slavery of two centuries and they were the founding fathers of a constitution that enshrines unity in diversity.

But, now, it is sorry state of affairs that unity in diversity seems to turn into disunity in diversity which is not praiseworthy in the least degree. It is also certain that the enemy of communal harmony is not but a handful people and they are the ones' whose forefathers did not play any significant role in the freedom struggle and later in the framing of the secular constitution of the country.

In recent times, some communities of the country are feeling unsecure, deprived and oppressed, because their freedom is snatched by unnecessary and unjustified amendments in the constitution of India. This act of damaging the constitution is like weakening the basis of the country which ultimately will lead the country towards civil war and shatter the dream of becoming a developed country.

Owing to the challenges the nation faces from disruptive forces within, the relevance of 26 January in our lives today becomes even more significant.

It is crystal clear from the current scenario of the country that the social, political and religious stability in the country is increasingly under attack and threatens to undo the gains of the values of a secular, inclusive and democratic India envisioned by the constitution framers.

Remember! India is not the name of any particular community; rather it is a complex mix of different religious, cultural, social, racial, ethical and social groups. So it's high time for secular Indians to be united to defeat the communal forces and it is their responsibility to imbibe the spirit of freedom and continue to build upon the foundation of values our freedom fighters so valiantly fought for. 

Communal forces of the country should be reminded that love for the country is natural and no one can erase the mark of this inborn love from anyone's heart. So to blame any community about not loving the country is totally false.

Let's pledge that we will save our constitution because it's framed for the safety, security and prosperity of our motherland. Let's also vow to free our country once again from communal forces to make it a land of peace and progress.

The writer is lecturer at MMERC, Mumbai