Date : 30 Oct, 2019
Post By Sankul Nagpal
As rightly quoted “with great power comes great responsibility”, in the Indian scenario power is synonymous with the various rights provided to us by the Indian Constitution, because with the rights that have been made available to a citizen, there is also a corresponding duty cast upon the citizens to further value the rights of other citizens.
What are our Fundamental Duties?
Fundamental duties form a part of our constitution along with fundamental and other rights. These duties were inserted in the constitution by the 42nd amendment act 1976 and are cumulated in article 51A of the constitution of India. The sphere around which the fundamental duties revolve is based on moral and ethical code of conduct. Following are the fundamental duties of an Indian citizen as spelled out in the constitution:
1.) To abide by the constitution and respect its ideal and institutions.
2.) To cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom.
3.) To uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity, and integrity of India.
4.) To defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so.
5.) To promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional diversities, to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women.
6.) To value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture.
7.) To protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers, and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures.
8.) To develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform.
9.) To safeguard public property and to abjure violence.
10.) To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity, so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavor and achievement.
In the beginning, there were only 10 FD’s however, in 2002 with 86th amendment the 11th one was added saying-
“To provide opportunities for education to the children between 6-14 years of age and parents to ensure that such opportunities are being awarded to their child.”
Thus, as responsible and law abiding citizen of the nation we all should remember not only our fundamental rights but also corresponding fundamental duties.
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