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TU marks Constitution Day with insightful talk on Transformative Constitutionalism

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TEZPUR, Nov 29: The Department of Law at Tezpur University celebrated Constitution Day, known as Samvidhan Diwas, by organising an enlightening lecture on “Transformative Constitutionalism: Contextualizing Gender within the Constitution of India”. The talk was delivered by Prof Sarasu Esther Thomas of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Addressing the occasion as the chief guest, Prof Sambhu Nath Singh, VC of Tezpur University, emphasised the pivotal role of education in understanding and upholding the principles of the Constitution. He stated, “It is through knowledge that we can combat ignorance and prejudice.” Prof Singh urged a recommitment to promoting education that fosters critical thinking, tolerance, and a deep understanding of shared history and values, especially on Constitution Day.

Prof Thomas, in her address, delved into how constitutional principles can be transformative in addressing and reshaping gender issues within the Indian Constitution’s framework. She highlighted that the Constitution is a living document that evolves with changing times, and rights emanating from it have transformed accordingly.

Discussing the LGBTQ movement, Prof Thomas emphasised that gender is no longer limited to the female/male binary due to societal transformations. She stressed the need for real equality that ensures justice for everyone.

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The event was also marked by the presence of Prof Farheena Danta, Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, and Dr Madhumita Acharjee, Head of the Department. They welcomed the guests and expressed gratitude to the faculty members and scholars for organising the event. The Department also screened the movie “Article 15” and read the preamble earlier in the day as part of the Constitution Day celebrations.

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