Constitution Day: 7 reasons to cherish the Constitution
Every year, on November 26, India observes the Constitution day to commemorate its adoption by the Constituent Assembly. The Indian constitution was legally enforced on January 26, 1950. Here are some interesting facts about it. Read on
The Indian Constitution's name is borrowed from the United States. Its positions and functions is borrowed from the British Constitution.
The Constituent Assembly, which first met on December 9, 1946, took precisely 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to come up with the final draft. When the draft was prepared and put up for debate and discussion, over 2000 amendments were made before it was finalised.
The original manuscript of the Constitution was written on parchment sheets measuring 16X22 inches having a lifespan of a thousand years. It weighed 3.75 kg.
The handwritten Constitution was signed on January 24, 1950, by 284 members of the Constituent Assembly, which included 15 women. It came into force two days later on January 26.
The original English version of the 'Constitution of India' was calligraphed by Prem Behari Narain Raizada.
Reports say 432 pen-holder nibs were used throughout the process, and Prem Behari Narain Raizada used 303 nibs for this calligraphy.
Each page of the original hand-written Constitution was uniquely decorated by artists from Shantiniketan like Beohar Rammanohar Sinha and Nandalal Bose. The Constitution was published in Dehradun and photolithographed by the Survey of India.