Republic Day Special- Article Writing Contest- Participate and win prizes

As we all know, Republic Day is celebrated to mark the date, 26th Jan 1950, on which the Constitution of India came into effect. It was on the 26th of November 1949 that the Constitution of India was adopted, enacted and given to ourselves, WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, and it came into effect on the 26th of January declaring India to be an independent democratic nation.

Let me now draw your attention to Part III and Part IV A of our Constitution that deals with Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties which form a vital part of the Constitution.

The Fundamental Rights guaranteed by the Constitution are-
Right to Equality (Article 14-18)
Right to Freedom (Article 19-22)
Right against Exploitation (Article 23-24)
Right to Freedom of Religion (Article 25-28)
Cultural and Educational Rights (Article 29-30)
Right to Constitutional Remedies (Article 32)

The Fundamental Duties are-
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 wild-life 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 endeavour and achievement. Further, one more Fundamental duty has been added to the Indian Constitution by the 86th Amendment of the constitution in 2002.
11. As a parent or guardian, to provide opportunities for education to his child, or as the case may be, ward between the age of six and fourteen years.

Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties are not mere legal requirements but are obligations on the part of the State (governments) and the citizens respectively and are co-related.

What you have to do:

Submit an essay on any of the Fundamental Rights or Duties in the category of Essays in the Articles section.

Please note that we are not looking for mere explanations of the provisions. Let us have logical interpretations, criticism, restrictions and limitations, extent, applicability and so on.

We are announcing the contest this early so that interested members can prepare their essays as a detailed and educative piece of convincing information. Your endeavour must be to go deep into the Articles and come out with original and interesting essays.

There is no restriction on the selection of topics but you must ensure that your content is in no way similar to an essay by another member.

The rules
1. Each participating member can submit up to 02 (Two) essays. The essays must be a minimum of 400 words. It goes without saying that the rules provided in the articles submission guidelines must be strictly followed.

2. The title of the article should include the words fundamental right/ duty and also the right /duty on which you are writing. For example- An essay on the fundamental right to protection of life and personal liberty.

3. Each essay should focus on one topic only.

4. Once you submit your essay in the articles section, submit the URL with a direct link to it in a response to this thread. You need not wait for the essay to be approved. However, do not submit links to article drafts. It must be in full submission mode when the link is given in this thread.

5. If you are submitting more than one essay, you should give the links to both in the same response.

6. Please do not bring in politics or political interventions into your essays.

The Prizes

1. First prize: Rs.250/- (maximum two).

2. Second prize: Rs 125/- (Only one prize)

3. A maximum of up to two other essays will receive a cash award of Rs.100/- each

(The prize amounts and number of prizes are subject to change at the discretion of the admin depending on the number and quality of entries)

Closing date: 25th January 2022.

Submit a query in a response to this thread if you need any clarifications.