The Embassy of India held on Tuesday a conference in commemoration of Constitution Day, delivered by Santiago Sanchez and Rafael Iruzubieta. Seventy years ago, on November 26, 1949, the Indian Constitution was adopted and came into effect on January 26, 1950.. And today it contains a preamble, 25 parts, 448 articles, 12 schedules and 98 amendments, making it one of the longest in the world. Madan Sinh Bhandari, chargé d’affaires of the Indian Embassy, pointed out that “the Constitution represents Indian aspirations and the ideal of society that we aspire to be”. In addition, he showed the pride of Indian citizenship in the seventy years of its existence, which, in his opinion, are due “to its flexibility and ability to adapt to new times”.
Constitutional law professor Santiago Sánchez highlighted the importance of the preamble to the Constitution. Sánchez pointed to the supremacy of the Constitution, the republican form of government, the democratic system, the rule of law, federalism, the independence of the judiciary and the secular character of the state as basic features. In his opinion, “the preamble has turned into an instrument that not only constitutes part of the legal system but is invocable in the defense of rights and in the political progress of the Indian nation”.
Likewise, Rafael Iruzubieta, founder of the Institute of Indology, called for the strengthening of Hispanic-Indian commercial, economic, educational and cultural relations and “greater academic knowledge of the Constitution of India in Spain”. According to him, “the Constitution and the exaltation of democracy through it constitute the essential axis of coexistence in India; and the country would not be what it is without the Constitution, since it has allowed a great economic advance and has improved the quality of life of the citizens”, he concluded.