The Indian Constitution is one of the longest documents in the world, and is possibly the most important in India. And here’s what you didn’t know about it.
1. The Indian Constitution is the longest in the world.
It has 448 articles, 12 schedules and 98 amendments. On the other hand, the American constitution is the shortest.
2. It took nearly 3 years to draft the Indian Constitution.
The Constituent Assembly had 284 members, out of which 15 were women. The Drafting Committee submitted the draft in November 1949, after which they took three more years to complete it.
3. The Constitution of India was handwritten and calligraphed both in English and Hindi.
It wasn’t typed or printed. The original copies are kept safely inside helium-filled cases in the library of the Parliament of India.
4. The Indian Constitution is called the bag of borrowings.
The Indian Constitution has taken various features from other constitutions. The concepts of liberty, equality and fraternity were taken from the French Constitution. The idea of 5 year plans was taken from the USSR and the concept of socio-economic rights was taken from Ireland. Most importantly, the law on which the Supreme Court works was taken from Japan. There are many other concepts that have been borrowed from other countries.