Are You Aware of Your Fundamental Duties as a Citizen of India?

People in India are aware about their Fundamental Rights – ‘Right to Equality’, ‘Right to Freedom’, Right to Speech’, etc., but many don’t know or are unaware about their Fundamental Duties. Did you know that Fundamental Duties Day is observed on 3rd January of every year, well I challenge that 99.99% of citizens would not even know that such a day really exists.

Did you know that        Fundamental Duties Day is        observed on 3rd January of        every year?

It is very sad to know that people know their duties as a student, as a parent, as an employee, etc., but they are unaware about their duties as an Indian citizen.

As 15th August is fast approaching – schools, colleges, government offices and other organizations are busy preparing for flag hoisting, this is the right time to reflect on our duties as citizens of India. We need to remember our duties and responsibilities and need to respond promptly.

This article throws some light on the Fundamental Duties of every citizen of India.

The 11 Fundamental Duties

It shall be the duty of every citizen of India, –

To abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem

To cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom

To uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India

To defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so

To promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women

To value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture

To protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures

To develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform

To safeguard public property and to abjure violence

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

Who is 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

I hope you are clear on your Fundamental Duties and will take a step ahead to at least follow a few of them.

Lastly, I would like to end this article with a quote each by Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein:

“I learnt from my illiterate but wise mother that all rights to be deserved and preserved
come from duty well done”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Every day, on hundred occasions, I remind myself that my mental and physical life depends on the toil of other persons, living or dead. So I must try to repay whatever
I have received and am receiving”
– Albert Einstein

Jai Hind!

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