11 Interesting Facts about Indian Constitution

26 January 1950, the day India saw its constitution came to being. India is the largest Democracy in the world and every Indian is proud of his/her country. 

Here are some interesting facts about our constitution.

  • Our constitution was hand-written document. It is not typed or printed. It has 48 articles, 12 schedules and 94 amendments. The total words are 117369.

  • The Indian constitution is the longest written document in the world and it took around 2 years, 11months and 17 days to finish the entire constitution. Isn’t it amazing!

  • The original constitution of India is hand-written with beautiful calligraphy by Prem Behari Narain Raizada. It is aesthetically decorated by Beohar Rammanohar Sinha and Nandalal Bose, two artists from Shantiniketan on February 10 2014. They also designed the Preamble page.
  • The original copies of the constitution, which is in English and Hindi, are kept in helium - filled cases in the library of Parliament House.
  • B.R. Ambedkar, also known as ‘The Father of the Indian Constitution’ is given the credit of writing the constitution but the fact is Pandit Nehru, Dr.Rajendra Prasad and Sardar Patel wrote 75% of the constitution even before the constitution was formed. Dr. Ambedkar’s main work was to edit the constitution.
  • At present there are 448 articles, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 98 amendments.
  • The Preamble is called a soul of Indian constitution by Thakurdas Bhargav, Horoscope of the Indian constitution by K.M. Munshi and Identity card of the constitution by N.A. Palkhiwala.
  • Bhikaji Rustom Kama or Madam Kama was called ‘The Mother of Indian Constitution’
    because of her courage, fearlessness, integrity, perseverance and love for India. She designed the first tri-colour flag with green, saffron and red stripes bearing the words- Vande Mataram.
  • When the draft was prepared and put for debate and discussion, over 2000 amendments were made before it was finalized.
  • Our constitution makers took inspiration from various other constitutions while drafting our constitution that is why our constitution is called ‘A bag of borrowing’.
  • The Indian constitution is also said to be one of the world’s best constitution. It is 18 years old and only 94 times it has been amended. As of now, our constitution has undergone a total of 100 amenments.   

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