Constitution day - Cairo
Constitution day was celebrated at the Maulana Azad Center for Indian Culture (MACIC) on 26 November 2016. The event was part of the celebrations of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar and was attended by people from a wide cross section of fields and Indian citizens.
2. The event started with the screening of excerpts from Dr. Ambedkar’s speech in the Constituent Assembly. This was followed by a short skit titled ‘Making of the Indian Constitution’, enacted by Egyptians studying Hindi in MACIC. The skit was written by Shri Anil Kumar, HoC and coordinated by Professor A. Majeed, Urdu teacher at Ain Shams University, Cairo and Ms. Golnaz Majeed, Hindi teacher at MACIC. The Embassy also conducted an online quiz on the Indian Constitution.
3. Dr. Amr Shobaki, Head of Arab European Unit in Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies and MP-elect delivered the keynote address pointing out the importance of the Indian democratic experience. He also mentioned about his experience as part of the drafting committee of the Egyptian constitution and the influence of Indian constitution. He also praised Indian democracy as an example for other developing countries in balancing rights and development.
4. Speaking to the media, Ambassador Sanjay Bhattacharyya described the significance of 26 November 1949 and the decision to celebrate 26 November as ‘Constitution day’. He also noted the evolving nature of Indian constitution adapting to the changing environment. The winner of the online quiz contest and the participants of the skit were awarded prizes and certificates.