The book “We the children of India, The preamble to our constitution” was
written by Leila Seth, first woman judge of Delhi High Court and first woman to be
the Chief Justice of a state in India. She retired as Chief Justice of Himachal
Pradesh in 1992. The book was written as a simplified form of the Preamble
making it understandable to even the youngest of readers.
The first few page state about the British rule which lasted for around 200 years.
The freedom struggle, led by Mahatma Gandhi, explains, and throws light on the
works of the National freedom fighters in freeing the nation from the clutches of
the British. It mentions about how and what methods were used by Gandhi for
freedom of India. It states the principles like Ahimsa, a non-violent method. Post-
Independence era of 1947, the book mentions the National emblem, flower,
animal and so on importance of the Constitution.
Seth further throws some light towards significance of the constitution which
begins with the Preamble. Changes were made in early 1977, and words like
Socialist, Secular, and Integrity were added. It also presents the picture of the
members’ signature in the constitution which was done in year 1950 and goes on
explaining briefly about the constitution which states about the ideas, rules,
The book state the importance of the preamble with pieces of information and
interesting fact about its formation. Stating the facts of different languages,
population, festivals etc. and explains the meaning of few important terms like
Sovereign which means supremacy or supreme power of the state. Socialist
which means an economic system where everyone in society equally owns
the factor of production. It also states about Secular which is nothing but equality
amongst all religions by stating about Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other
The books also state few facts about the parliament, the formation of the
parliament, the members’ election, and the fundamental rights and so on. The
remaining preamble is explained, through interesting talks about the ‘Equality of
status and opportunity’ which means the absence of privileges or discrimination
against any section of the society. Also, the qualities like Justice, social, economic,
Liberty of thought, expression and so on the entire preamble is explained in a way
which provides better understanding.
Further, author writes about the formation of constitution, their meetings which
were held in constituent assembly, the ideas which were put forward by the
members of the parliament. Dr. Ambedkar was chosen as the leader of the
drafting committee. Book also express on the copies of Constitution where its
kept today, by whom it was illustrated and so on. Seth also emphasizes on few of
the very important leaders who shed their great efforts in making the constitution
like Dr.Rajendra Prasad, who was elected as the president of the house as well
India later, Pandit Nehru who became the first Prime Minister of India,
Dr.Ambedkar, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Maulana Abdul Kalam, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
and Chakravati Rajgopalachari and gave a brief knowledge of their life history,
struggles, education, careers and their contribution towards making of our
Constitution. It also highlights about the Law day and Republic day which was on
‘26 th December 1949’ and ‘26 th January 1950’ respectively. Poorna swaraj is also
Towards the end of book Seth mentions about what needs to be changed for
betterment of the nation, and explains Gandhiji’s famous quote, ‘’Be the change
that you want to see.’’ The book is concluded by a short poem which is an easier
version of the Preamble, which has been written for children to have a clearer
insight about the same.
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