Seminar on “Seven Decades of the Constitution of India”

The Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi addressing a press conference to make an important announcement of Culture Ministry in connection with Republic Day Celebration, in New Delhi on November 12, 2021.

Mar 29: Ministry of External Affairs organised a Seminar on “Seven Decades of the Constitution of India” on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of Independence of India) in coordination with the Parliamentary Research & Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE) in the PRIDE Main Lecture Hall, Parliament Library Building on 28 March 2023. The Seminar was also organised in the context of India’s Presidency of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO).

The seminar covered the following themes: (i) Seven decades of the Indian Constitution; (ii) the Indian Constitution and Human Rights (iii) the Indian Constitution and Internationalism.

Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture inaugurated the Seminar. Ms Uma Sekhar, AS (L&T) welcomed and introduced the speakers. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and former Chief Justice of India; Justice Arun Mishra, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission and former Supreme Court Judge; and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Chairperson of National Green Tribunal and former Supreme Court judge were the distinguished speakers at the Seminar.

AALCO is an inter-governmental organization, headquartered in New Delhi, having forty-seven member states from Asia and Africa. It serves as an advisory body to member states on matters of international law. Over the years AALCO has been able to forge close links with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Law Commission (ILC).

To have an interactive experience on the freedom struggle of India and the making of its Constitution, as a part of the seminar, a visit to the Parliament of India was arranged for the participants. At a first, over 200 diplomats attending the Seminar also toured the Parliament of India.

The Seminar provided an insight into our Constitution which is amongst the world’s longest-written constitutions and has guided India’s nation-building process for over seven decades.

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