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Republican Conception of Citizenship

Swaha Das and Hari Nair

Every citizen holds office.

 

John F. Kennedy, 2003

Every year, we celebrate 26 January as our Republic Day. On this day, the national capital exhibits India's military might and her cultural diversity with great aplomb. These festivities commemorate the coming into force of the Constitution of Independent India, the essence of which is enshrined in its preamble.

The preamble reads:

We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, and to secure to all its citizens justice, social, economic and political, liberty of thought, expression, belief and worship; equality of status and opportunity; and to promote ...

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