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The government has decided to observe 26 November as the Constitution Day as the Indian Constitution was adopted on this day in 1949, exactly two months before it came into force on 26 January 1950.

The host of events will be held on Constitution Day as part of the year-long celebrations to mark the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, who was the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Constituent Assembly.

The Parliament House Complex will be lit up for the occasion.

Below is the Preamble of 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;

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.

Below are some quotes to remember on Constitution Day

"To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect and their oneness, and should insist upon choosing as their representatives only such persons as are good and true." ― Mahatma Gandhi

"Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age." ― BR Ambedkar

"When I took over as president, I studied the Constitution, and the more I studied it, the more I realised that it does not prevent the president of India from giving the nation a vision. So when I went and presented this vision in Parliament and in legislative assemblies; everyone welcomed it, irrespective of party affiliations." APJ Abdul Kalam, former Indian President

"If I have to take police protection in my own country from my own people, then there is something wrong with me, I'm fighting within the framework of the Indian constitution and it is not against anyone, but for everyone." ― Narendra Dabholkar, rationalist

"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." ― BR Ambedkar

"There are checks and balances and broad separation of powers under the Constitution. Each organ of the State, i.e. the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, must have respect for the others and not encroach into each other's domain." ― P Sathasivam, Kerala governor

"The Constitution is itself the product of the freedom struggle." Vayalar Ravi, Congress MP

"The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure." ― Albert Einstein, scientist

"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties." ― Abraham Lincoln, former US president

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." ― Benjamin Franklin, American polymath

"Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them." ― BR Ambedkar

Below are some messages, wishes and greetings on Constitution Day:

When they resisted the booming and shelling of the colonial guns, our founder fathers wanted nothing bur sovereignty for this nation. Let us always defend this gift from our predecessors. Happy Constitution Day!

Constitution Day is the Time to Recall the Famous Vande Mataram, the chant that gave us the freedom. May the Indian spirit prosper forever. To remember is to cherish.

Freedom in mind, faith in words. Pride in our hearts and memories in our souls. Let's salute the nation on Constitution Day 2015.

May the brightest star in its course visit no land freer, happier, lovelier, than this our own land. Best wishes to you on this Constitution Day!

Let every teacher teach the student how to love this nation, let every parent instill in his or her sons and daughters the beauty of our nation. Happy Constitution Day!

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems! Happy Constitution Day.

Justice, liberty, equality, fraternity. May our dream of a new tomorrow come true for us.

Today, let us remember the golden heritage of our country and feel pound to be a part of India.

India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!".Happy Constitution Day.

Saluting India! Where each bud blooms in its true colours, where each day is celebration of unity, harmony and synthesis. Happy Constitution Day.