Fundamental Duties: These are basically the moral duties that all of us, as citizens, should embrace to foster a sense of patriotism and maintain the unity of our incredible nation, India. They are outlined in Part IVA of the Constitution and, much like the Directive Principles, they’re not something you can be legally penalized for not doing. So, according to the constitution, here are the things we’re supposed to do to be good citizens of India!
- Embrace the Constitution and honor our National Flag and Anthem as symbols of unity and pride.
- Cherish and follow the noble ideals that fueled our national struggle for freedom.
- Safeguard the sovereignty, unity, and integrity of our diverse nation.
- Stand ready to defend the country and contribute to national service when called upon.
- Foster harmony and brotherhood, transcending religious, linguistic, and regional differences. Renounce practices that undermine the dignity of women.
- Value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture.
- Protect and improve the natural environment, showing compassion for all living creatures, including forests, lakes, rivers, and wildlife.
- Cultivate a scientific temper, humanism, and a spirit of inquiry and reform.
- Abjure violence, safeguard public property, and contribute to a peaceful society.
- Aim for excellence in all individual and collective endeavors, propelling the nation to higher levels of achievement.
- For parents or guardians, provide educational opportunities for children between the ages of six to fourteen years.
- In line with the 86th constitutional amendment of 2002, actively contribute to making India a safer and cleaner place to live. Avoid causing harm, both physically and mentally, to others.
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