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42nd Amendment

India became free from exploitative British colonial rule on 15 August, 1947 and got its new onstitution implemented on anuar, 1950. At the outset India was declared a Sovereign Democratic Republic with provision of Fundamental Rights for all its citiens and guidelines to the Government in the form of Directive Principles of State Policy.

When we gained our independence, we were poor and unemploed ur first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, adopted socialism as the system of governance where state controls the means of production which led a vast majorit of poor, illiterate and unemploed to believe that the Government will provide for all their needs.

The result is for all to see. Even after 70 years of freedom and despite our democratic dividend, we remain a developing country. For all our needs and problems we loo towards the Government to offer solutions. Garbage outside our homes, Government will clean it; education for children, Government will provide the best qualit education along with free meals, books and dress; any sickness from fever to cancer; Government will provide the best possible treatment for free; we spit and litter, for the Government to clean it. How tragic it sounds when our Prime Minister has to announce Swachch Bharat Abhiaan to remind us to take responsibilit to keep our surroundings clean in order to lead a healthier life and contribute to sustainable development.

I thin the problem happened when we failed to inform and educate the masses in our countr of Fundamental Duties that were also added to our Constitution by the 42nd Amendment. The include protection and improvement of our environment and safeguarding public propert, the Fundamental Duties of all citizens of the country. Today we have learnt to claim our Fundamental Rights, but have failed to perform our Fundamental Duties that include developing scientific temper and striving for excellence. How many of us can truthfully and proudly say that we are doing our bit in making India great again?

Think and Act.

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