DEMAND FOR INCLUDING 'AHIMSA' IN PREAMBLE TO CONSTITUTION

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12/03/20

SHRI AMAR PATNAIK (Odisha):Sir, the nation recently celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, widely regarded as the Father of the nation. The principles which he stood for, such as tolerance, selfsufficiency, and most importantly, 'ahimsa' greatly influenced the independence struggle and distinguished it from all freedom struggles the world over. Generically, the term means 'a refusal to do harm'. However, it was utilized in the political space by Gandhi to denote 'the largest love, and greatest charity'. It implies love, compassion, forgiveness and the complete absence of ill-will. However, the philosophy of 'ahimsa' does not find mention in the Constitution of independent India. The hon. Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, recently referred to 'ahimsa' as a uniquely Indian ideal and advocated for its inclusion in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. This would send a message to future
generations in India and abroad about the profound nature of this principle. Progress and inclusive economic development requires a foundation of peace. In an environment where many threats seek to divide society on the basis of class, caste and religion, 'ahimsa' serves as a reminder of about Gandhi's intent for the Indian Republic. Gandhi saw poverty and social injustice to be greatest form of violence. Inclusion of 'ahimsa' or nonviolence in the Constitution would compel the nation and its Government to tackle these objectives on a priority basis. I demand that the Union Government consider the inclusion of 'ahimsa' in the Preamble to give effect to its principles. Progress and inclusive economic development requires a foundation of peace. In an environment where many threats seek to divide society on the basis of class, caste and religion, 'ahimsa' serves as a reminder of about Gandhi's intent for the Indian Republic. Gandhi saw poverty and social injustice to be greatest form of violence. Inclusion of 'ahimsa' or nonviolence in the Constitution would compel the nation and its Government to tackle these objectives on a priority basis. I demand that the Union Government consider the inclusion of 'ahimsa' in the Preamble to give effect to its principles.