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         FIRST SESSION:         SEVENTH SESSION:            Indian Constitution              Independence
         December 9-23, 1946    November 4,1948 -           is the longest for any          when crores of
         SECOND SESSION:        January 8, 1949                                             people dreamed
         January 20-25, 1947    EIGHTH SESSION:             sovereign country in the
         THIRD SESSION:         May 16 - June 16, 1949      world. In its current form      of moving ahead
         April 28-May 2, 1947   NINTH SESSION:                                              with new hopes
         FOURTH SESSION:        July 30- September 18,      it has a Preamble, 22            and their spirit
         July 14-31, 1947       1949                        parts with 395 Articles,        was high despite
         FIFTH SESSION:         TENTH SESSION:              12 Schedules, four             adverse conditions
         August 14-30, 1947     October 6-17, 1949                                          prevailing at that
         SIXTH SESSION:         ELEVENTH SESSION:           Appendices and 104             time it was not an
         January 27, 1948       November 14-26, 1949        Amendments                      easy task to give
                                                                                             a Constitution
         WOMEN IN THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY                                                  acceptable to all
         Indian Constitution was formed when women in many parts of the
         world were denied basic rights. A total of 15 women were part of the                  The Prime
         Constituent Assembly, including Sarojini Naidu, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur,              Minister said on
         Hansaben Jivraj Mehta, Sucheta Kripalani and G. Durgabai.                           November 26,

         to be members of the Assembly.                      India. During this period, it held eleven sessions
            As a result, the membership of the Assembly      covering a total of 165 days. On December 13,
         was reduced to 299.  The Constitution of India      1946, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru moved the Ob-
         came into force on January 26, 1950. On that        jectives Resolution which was unanimously ad-
         day, the Assembly ceased to exist, transforming     opted by the Constituent Assembly on January
         itself into the Provisional Parliament of India un-  22, 1947. Late in the evening of August 14, 1947
         til a new Parliament was constituted in 1952.       the Assembly met in the Constitution Hall and at
         MAKING OF WORLD’S LONGEST                           the stroke of midnight, took over as the Legisla-
         CONSTITUTION                                        tive Assembly of an Independent India.
           The  Constituent  Assembly  met  for  the  first    On August 29, 1947, the Constituent Assem-
         time in New Delhi on December 9, 1946, in what      bly set up a Drafting Committee under the Chair-
         is  now  called  the  Central  Hall  of  Parliament   manship of Dr B.R. Ambedkar to prepare a Draft
         House.                                              Constitution for India. On January 4, 1948, the
           The Constituent Assembly took almost three        first  draft  was  ready.  While  deliberating  upon
         years -- two years, eleven months and seventeen     the  Draft  Constitution,  the  Assembly  moved,
         days to be precise --  to complete its historic task   discussed  and  disposed  of  as  many  as  2,473
         of drafting the Constitution for an Independent     amendments out of a total of 7,635 tabled.

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