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INDIA’S TRANSFORMATIVE CONSTITUTION (A SESSION BY ARVIND NARRAIN)
In the words of B.R. Ambedkar, “Constitution is not a mere lawyers’ document, it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of the age.”
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Lucknow in collaboration with the Seagull Foundation for the Arts organized a session on ‘India’s Transformative Constitution’ by Mr Arvind Narrain on 16 February 2022. The session began with an introduction by Ms Megha Malhotra, Director of The Seagull Foundation for the Arts wherein she briefed everyone about the organization and their noble initiative called ‘History for Peace’. It is a network of educators and members of civil society in the subcontinent. The project serves as a platform for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas pertaining to teaching and learning of history for peace and understanding.
Thereafter, the two anchors, Ananya Tripathi and Divyanshi Srivastava, introduced the guest speaker, Mr Narrain, who has been involved with research, writing and practice related to law and social concerns. He has done a bachelor’s in law from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) followed by a masters in the University of Warwick on a Chevening scholarship.
Mr Narrain began his talk by discussing about the Preamble and he emphasised upon the three aspects of freedom: political, social, and economic. Within political freedom, he shared instances from the sedition trial of Mahatma Gandhi wherein he brought up the idea of disaffection for the state. He further elaborated upon Ambedkar’s experiences of schooling and the discrimination he had to face based on caste. The ideas of liberty, fraternity, and dignity were highlighted throughout the session.
We witnessed an enthusiastic response from the students who were actively engaged throughout the session and asked insightful questions from the speaker. Vedaansh Gupta of class XI asked about the limitations on the right to freedom of speech, Saanvi Singh of class VIII asked the speaker’s opinions on ‘justice delayed is justice denied’, and Ria Sawant of class X enquired about the stigma around the LGBTQ community and the role of law in addressing the same.
The session was successful in invoking critical thought amongst the students and inspire the young students to reflect upon issues of social, political, and economic relevance from diverse standpoints.