“Constitution was nothing more than just a book for me until I came to realise that it has a lot to do with my being in this nation and a lot more with the way I conduct my own life and affect my fellow citizens.” These words from Sirish Chauriya gave a very insightful description of what a Jagrik’s life was like in the past two months. Not only did these Jagriks go through series of unexpected revelations, but these revelations were also followed by well defined paths that could lead to become agents of change.
The numerous innovatively designed tasks centred around our fundamental rights and duties was at the heart of Samvidhan LIVE- a nationwide campaign, involving thousands of youngsters associated with 24 partner organisations spread across 15 states. Not only have these tasks helped the participants realize the worth and importance of the constitution in their own lives but have also sensitized them towards the need to disseminate their learning to the greater mass.
Sirish Chauriya, a resident of Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh is a graduate in ‘Social work’ and have been a part of a number of voluntary initiatives in youth centric organisations in the field of education, capacity building, etc. But Samvidhan LIVE came as a completely new and enriching experience in his life. “Exercising our fundamental rights and duties through these challenging yet thoughtful activities have not only energised me, but has made me deeply reflect on my role as a citizen of my nation, have made me truly realize how, in small everyday actions, have I violated my constitutional obligations. These are learnings that could not have come without actually experiencing it”, says Sirish.
During the two months of the campaign, Sirish did a series of tasks centred around rights like Right to education, wherein he interacted with parents of school dropouts to make them believe the worth of Right to Education and get their children enrolled in schools. Another major learning was through the task of filing RTI. “Before this I had only heard and read about RTE, but it was really interesting to get exposed to the procedure of filing an RTI for the first time”, mentions Sirish. While mentioning about his tasks, Sirish added, “The one that I enjoyed the most was the heritage walk. Since I love travelling, I really enjoyed this task and more importantly, it was an insightful experience. From the lens of viewing the exercise of fundamental rights and duties at such tourist places, I could gather a lot of insights.” One of his tasks also included interaction with people having conservative ideologies and transforming their thoughts towards a more liberal and secular tangent, by advocating about the various fundamental rights which manifest the underlying principles of the Indian nation as conceptualised by the constitution.
“We need more youngsters to understand the true essence of the constitution and hence understand the meaning of their citizenship in the nation. Such activities that we went through should be conducted in schools and higher education institutes in the country, especially those in underdeveloped and remote areas”, suggests Sirish.
The journey of Samvidhan LIVE-The Jagrik Project for Jagriks like Sirish shows that this initiative of Commutiny-The Youth Collective has not only brought life to a document that otherwise stood lifeless and worthless in textbooks and lecture notes, but have also geared up the potentials of budding changemakers in the country by making them become true and responsible citizens at the first place.
PIYULI GHOSH | TOC
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