PM Narendra Modi's speech in Parliament: Five key takeaways

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday participated in a discussion on 'Commitment to the Constitution' in the Lok Sabha. The discussion was part of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Bhimrao Ambedkar, considered the chief architect of the Constitution.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2015, 19:46 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday participated in a discussion on 'Commitment to the Constitution' in the Lok Sabha. The discussion was part of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Bhimrao Ambedkar, considered the chief architect of the Constitution.

Here are the key takeaways from the PM's much-awaited speech, which comes in the backdrop of intolerance debate in the country:

  1. For the government, the only 'dharma' is 'India first, the only 'dharma granth' (holy book) is the Constitution, said PM Narendra Modi.
  2. The PM ruled out any review of the Constitution and reached out to the Opposition, saying the ruling side does not believe in forcing decisions through majority but believes in working through consensus.
  3. The country will run by the Constitution and it should be run only by the Constitution. India has fundamentally grown on this ideology, said the PM.
  4. It was the height of Ambedkar's personality that he bore all humiliation but there was no sense of revenge in him; no sense of revenge is reflected in the Constitution: PM in Parliament
  5. No section of the society should lag behind. If any part of the body is paralysed, the body cannot be called healthy. We have to empower people from all sections, be it any community, region or language: PM