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22nd September 2022 (6 Topics)

The ambit of fraternity and the wages of oblivion


The ‘fraternity’ is among the basic values inscribed in the Preamble of the Constitution of India and must not be treated as a separate item from equality and liberty.

Fraternity and the Responsibility of a citizen:

  • The idea of fraternity: Although it was defined during the French Revolution as a slogan, but there is a vagueness in it, and appears to be an emotion rather than a principle. In the Indian context, the Preamble reflects the relevance of the dignity of the individual and the unity of the nation in relation to the sense of fraternity.
  • The missing element of harmony: The element of harmony was absent when India started its journey as a republic. However, shape 42nd Amendment (1976) in Article 51A (e) on Fundamental Duties visualized the same as the duty of every citizen of India.
  • Role of an individual citizen: The responsibility of actualizing the laid constitutional provisions does not solely rest with the state but seems to be the responsibility of the individual citizen too.
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