Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described the Constitution as the “very soul of our democratic structure,” and said it has stood the test of time and proved naysayers wrong. In the next five years, energies must be channelised to build the New India, the nation that our freedom fighters dreamt of, he said.
PM Modi was addressing a function to mark this year’s National Law Day at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The day was an occasion to pay homage to the makers of the Constitution, the Prime Minister said according to an official government release.
In his speech, he quoted Dr. B.R Ambedkar, considered the chief architect of the Constitution and other leaders like Dr. Sachidanand Sinha, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, to highlight key features of the Constitution, which PM Modi said, has been a guardian for the country and the people.
India, the Prime Minister said, was now in what can be described “as a golden period” of self-confidence. “This constructive atmosphere should be used to move swiftly towards the creation of New India,” he said.
The Government’s role must be more of a facilitator than a regulator, the PM said, listing several examples of “Ease of Living” that have been brought about in the last three years since his government has been in power. He said initiatives such as quicker income tax refunds and quicker passport delivery have had a positive impact on all sections of the society. About 1,200 archaic laws have been repealed, the Prime Minister pointed out, outlining several other steps that are being taken to improve “ease of access to justice.”
PM Narendra Modi used the occasion to again call for a constructive discussion on the possibility of holding simultaneous state and national elections, pointing to the massive expenditure borne by the exchequer to hold frequent elections, apart from the need to divert security forces and civil staff and the impact on development programmes.