Indian citizens have not
only fundamental rights to claim, but also duties to fulfil. We are obliged to
fulfil them by the constitution.
Indian constitution has added the fundamental duties of a citizen in the 42nd
amendment in 1976.
It is the duty of every citizen to:
1. To abide by and obey the constitution
2. To uphold and protect sovereignity,
unity, and integrity of India
3. To provide education opportunities for
their children up to 14yrs of age (this is for a parent)
4. To respect the national symbols of
India, National Flag, and National Anthem5. To preserve the culture and
heritage of India
6. To assist the country in defence against
other countries when required
7. To promote harmony and spirit of
brotherhood amongst all people of iNDIA, across all religions and regions
8. Protect the environment like forests,
lakes, rivers and wild life
9. Protect the public property
10. Develop scientific temper
11. To detest, denounce, and counter
12. To work towards excellence in all
(fields or aspects) spheres of life
These fundamental duties enhance the spirit of patriotism and enhance the unity
of India. But these cannot be enforced on citizens and cannot be used in
the court of law against persons.
Following these duties will earn respect for a person in the Society and in the
eyes of the government. Many social workers and voluntary organizations try to
fulfill their social obligations by working towards the above mentioned duties.