Senior SC lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay to file plea to constitute National Unity & Integrity Commission
New Delhi, May 5: Senior Supreme Court lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay will on Thursday file a petition in the Apex Court to appeal for constitution of a 'National Unity and Integrity Commission' in order to promote fraternity and unity, integrity of India.
In the petition Upadhyay has filed a writ petition on the grounds that students must be taught what Socialism Secularism and Nationalism means under the Constitution.
Here are grounds on which the plea is to be filed before the Supreme Court bench. Former Solicitor General of India would pursue the matter in the court of Thursday.
The petition lays grounds,"Because India is Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic but socialism, secularism, as proclaimed by the Constitution, is neither clearly defined nor understood by majority of the Indians. There is not one authoritative textbook for the children to explain what 'Socialism Secularism and Nationalism' means under the Constitution."
"Selfish people have made the words- 'Socialism, Secularism and Nationalism', the words of political abuse. An unholy propaganda that I am Socialist / Secular/Nationalist and my opponents are Capitalist /Communal/Anti-National makes mockery of our electoral process and our democracy."
"The recent anti-national slogans raised in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Hyderabad University, Jadhavpur University and National Institute of Technology Srinagar confirms that our basic education system needs to be reviewed. 'Socialism, Secularism and Nationalism', as proclaimed by the Constitution should be compulsorily taught to children to promote fraternity assuring the dignity of the individuals and unity and integrity of the nation."
Because knowledge of the Aims and Objectives of the Constitution, Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties, Directive Principle of State Policy and the Golden goals, as set out in the Preamble of the Constitution, is not only necessary to control the Corruption Casteism Communalism Radicalism and Linguism but also essential to promote fraternity assuring the dignity of the individuals and the unity and integrity of the nation.
Stressing that a National Unity and Integrity Commission is need of the hour, the petition states, "It is not only necessary to control Casteism, Communalism, Linguism, Radicalism and Regionalism but also essential to promote among the citizens; fraternity assuring the dignity of the individuals and unity and integrity of the nation."
The petitioner has prayed to the Supreme Court, "To issue a direction or order or writ including to provide an authoritative textbook having chapters on 'Socialism, Secularism and Nationalism' and a textbook having chapters on Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy and the Golden Goals as set out in the Preamble, study of which should be compulsory."
"Issue a direction or order to constitute a National Unity and Integrity Commission to promote unity and integrity."