Article 51A: Fundamental duties

  • It shall be the duty of every citizen of India—
    • (a) to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem;
    • (b) to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom;
    • (c) to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India;
    • (d) to defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so;
    • (e) to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women;
    • (f) to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;
    • (g) to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures;
    • (h) to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;
    • (i) to safeguard public property and to abjure violence;
    • (j) to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation
      constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement;
    • (k) who is a parent or guardian to provide opportunities for education to his child or, as the case
      may be, ward between the age of six and fourteen years.

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