NEW DELHI: The Constitution of India is to a large extent aspirational, and seeks to deliver political freedom and civil rights, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said on Saturday as he addressed an event to mark the Constitution Day.
“India’s liberation from colonial rule and the drafting of the Constitution were simultaneous projects. The prolonged struggle for independence culminated with the demise of colonial reign and the birth of an independent nation governed by self-rule,” he said while addressing an event at the Supreme Court.
Referring to Prime Minister’s speech where he made a strong case for rewriting the country’s history, Chandrachud said that the past clings on to us in some measure, however, there must be an attempt to remove colonial baggage for ensuring justice and freedom.
He also called for enhancing the representation of marginalised communities and women in the judiciary.
“All the more important that representation of marginalised communities and women in legal profession and judiciary is enhanced. It is crucial that we tap into experience of diverse section of people who are part of judiciary. Their knowledge and understanding would strengthen the institution.” he said.
The Constitution Day is being celebrated since 2015, to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly in 1949, as per an official press release.
(With inputs from agencies)

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