To uphold the promise of Constitution, time and again hurdles have come our way in one way or other. It is important for us that our young voters, particularly girls, enroll themselves in electoral rolls and play an active role along with elder women in deciding the fate of the nation as per their own beliefs and choices.

India belongs to Indians- all of its citizens irrespective of their creed, colour, race or religion. Though, today, it may sound so natural, but not long ago, like some 75 years ago, our country mates were ready to sacrifice anything to feel the warmth of the days we actually live in and they did so without pursuing even an inch of hesitancy.

Britishers managed, or actually mismanaged, affairs of India for nearly two centuries untill she got independence from the rule that had loot and plunder as its chief administration principles, in the year 1947. In the struggle period, leaders of modern India managed to devise the idea of India, a thriving south asian civilization faced with subsequent shocks, to some extent. But that wasn't it, afterwards independence, there lay a mammoth task of drawing up the future of new born nation with nothing but just a theoretical vision in hand at that time.

However, all dues to their excellencies, founding fathers of this nation made most out of it. There were enough reasons to be trapped into historical blunders and repeat cycles of violence, contesting notions saw opportunities of utmost order in the moment, reactionary politics challenged the politics of vision and, at times, even, threat to existence seemed immanent. But we survived, not just survived but thrived, as a people and a nation, under the auspices of a dream inspired by one of the finest document, Constitution of India, visionary and complete in itself, of 20th century fashioned by early leadership of India, that is, B. R. Ambedkar, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Dr. Rajendra Prasad for example.

Constitution of India came into effect on this day, 26 January, the day we celebrate as Republic Day, in 1950. A loosely used term India for a much larger and not well defined area south asian subcontinent came to be known as modern nation "Republic of India." Republic isn't just a term that most of the modern day states prefer to prefix to their original names but it promises a national character such that its people enjoy a supreme authority and all power vests in its citizenry.

To uphold the promise of Constitution, time and again hurdles have come our way in one way or other. At times we showed up courageously to defeat the vices, while on days we struggled as well to stand by the values that emanate out of our constitution. Contribution of each and every citizen is necessary for making of a country, that our constitutional forefathers dreamed of, for which thousands laid their lives and continue to do so at the border everyday. But the question is, are we doing enough as citizens of India as well as of our respective societies and the question of state enabling every citizen to partcipate in democracy and make a difference.

Answer to question mentioned above in affirmation would have solved most of our problems but unfortunately that's not the case. Other than all divisions, division on the lines of gender has forced us to act half, and even less, of our potential. This has been a powerful week for India, as we celebrated Voters Day, on the eve of Republic Day and other day, 24 January, it was National Girl Child Day. Most often, Indian women don't participate in democracy out of their own will, instead as mere subjects to patriarchial choices, and change in it seems to be only option from hereon.

"No nation can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens" - Michelle Obama.

It is important to inculcate values of an individual and equal citizen in a girl child from early days. This year 2019, is an election year. It is important for us that our young voters, particularly girls, enroll themselves in electoral rolls and play an active role along with elder women in deciding the fate of the nation as per their own beliefs and choices.

Wishing all the compatriots Happy Republic Day, Jai Hind!