Our Constitution has stood the test of time: Ashwani Kumar

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 15:20 hrs

Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said the Constitution of India has stood the test of time, as it has ensured peaceful reconstruction, national renewal, cooperative federalism and inclusive development.

Addressing a Law Day function here on Monday, Kumar stated that the Indian Constitution has served as an 'auxiliary precaution' against transient impulses, and has moderated the political discourse consistent with the non-negotiable constitutional imperatives.

"As a nation, we can be justly proud of our abiding commitment to the rule of law, free elections, fundamental rights of the people, directive principles of state policy, federalism, and decentralization of power as the bedrock of constitutional governance," said Kumar.

"Through a balancing of pretending constitutional absolutes, the court has preserved the fine constitutional balance within which the three organs of the state are required to work. Our constitutional jurisprudence built on the edifice of path breaking judgments of this Court have enriched the functioning of democracy in action," he added.

The minister emphasized that the UPA Government is committed to and pledges itself to secure the foundations of the rule of law and judicial independence, which were integral components of the non-negotiable basic structure of the constitution.

The Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir inaugurated the event, which was organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association to mark Constitution Day (November 26), as the Indian Constitution was adopted on the same day in 1949. (ANI)

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