the values for which the country stands and the goals for which we strive. It is not merely a legal document but a social document, said Odisha Governor Dr S C Jamir.

The nation owes a lot to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and other great individuals, who played a pivotal role in the drafting of the Constitution.

The Preamble to the Constitution of India records the aims and aspirations of the people of India which have been translated into various provisions of the Constitution, he said.

Releasing a book titled, India’s Constitution- Roots, Values and Wrongs, by Dr. M.P. Raju, Advocate, Supreme Court, at the National Institute of Social Works and Social Science here, the Governor said India is a plural society of immense diversity with different social, religious, cultural and linguistic expressions.

The Constitution recognises 22 languages and over a hundred dialects. Believers of all major religion of the world are present in our citizen body.

Fundamental Rights like right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion and now right to education are quite distinct. Our country, under the Constitution, has been more successful in allowing individuals of different ethnic and religious groups live together peacefully; and when we have failed, it has been because of the failures of citizens to respect the equality of all under the Constitution, Governor added.

For us the Constitution is a common bond. It is a document containing the basic rules which should guide the society, the men and women in right direction and help imbibing right spirit.

However, it is crucial to have a better understanding of social and moral dimension of India’s Constitution so that all can enjoy their rights and discharge their responsibilities, he observed.

Dr. M.P. Raju, B.K. Mohanty, former Advocate General, Odisha, Major K.P. Mohanty, president, NISWASS, Prof. Sashmi Nayak among others spoke on the occasion.