November 26 observed as India’s Constitution Day

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On November 19, 2015, the government formally notified November 26 as Constitution Day. 

  • Before this, the day was observed as National Law Day.
  • On November 26, 1949, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India,
  • and it came into effect on January 26, 1950.
  • While January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day, since 2015, November 26 has been observed as the Constitution Day of India, or Samvidhan Divas.
  • The Government of India declared 26 November as Constitution Day on 19 November 2015 by a gazette notification. 
  • The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi made the declaration on 11 October 2015 while laying the foundation stone of the B. R. Ambedkar's Statue of Equality memorial in Mumbai. 
  • The year of 2015 was the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, who had chaired the drafting committee of the Constituent Assembly and played a pivotal role in the drafting of the constitution.
  • Previously this day was celebrated as Law Day. 26 November was chosen to spread the importance of the constitution and to spread thoughts and ideas of Ambedkar.
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