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To celebrate 70 years of the Constitution and our Republic, DAKSH organised several events between Constitution Day (November 26, 2019) and Republic Day (January 26, 2020). The objective of this campaign, called ‘REPUBLIC@70’ was to deepen our engagement with the Constitution and make it more relatable to ordinary Indians.
Constitution Day Lectures
Public Mural
Constitution Day Quiz
Constitution Pe Charcha
Street Play
Heritage Walk
Movie Screening

The following Republic@70 events took place:

Constitution Day Lecture

DAKSH’s eighth annual Constitution Day lecture was given by Trilochan Sastry. Professor at IIM Bangalore and Chairman of Association for Democratic Reforms, an organisation doing pioneering work on electoral and political reform. He spoke about the Constitution, democracy and the Indian citizen.

Radio Campaign

DAKSH will be ran a week-long campaign in collaboration with Radio Indigo (FM 91.9) to explain why the Constitution is important to ordinary Indians. This included a quiz to test people’s knowledge of the Indian Constitution, and an interview and interactive sessions on air with Leah and Siddharth from DAKSH, who discussed interesting trivia about the Indian Constitution.

Public Mural

DAKSH commissioned a mural by artist Anpu Varkey in Bengaluru on themes surrounding the Constitution and the ‘Republic@70’ campaign.

Constitution Day Quiz

DAKSH collaborated with the Karnataka Quiz Association to host an open quiz on Constitution and politics.

Constitution pe charcha – Interactive sessions with children

As part of the Constitution pe charcha initiative, DAKSH will be engaged with high school students in numerous schools including Parikrama Centre for Learning, Koramangala and Inventure Academy, on the topic of the Indian Constitution. Through interactive sessions with the students we aimed to understand what the Constitution means to them and create more awareness about the values embodied in the Constitution.

Street play

DAKSH organised street plays as a part of Republic@70. They emphasised the relevance of the Constitution in the daily lives of Indian citizens, and also illustrated the constitutional values of Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity in the context of citizens’ daily lives. The performances were a celebration of the rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Heritage Walk

DAKSH, in collaboration with INTACH, conducted a heritage walk through Bangalore, with pit stops at significant locations within the city. As a part of this walk, participants were able to learn interesting facts about the city’s association with India’s freedom struggle and viewed an original copy of the Indian Constitution at the Bangalore Library.

Movie Screening

DAKSH screened the critically acclaimed and award-winning film ‘Newton’, starring Rajkummar Rao and directed by Amit V. Masurkar, a dark comedy film on the Indian elections and the role of government servants in the political system.

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