Q. 83.7( 3 Votes )

Read the paragraph under the heading ‘Abolition of Title’ and answer the following question.

The Awards can’t be used by the recipient as a title. Why?

Answer :

According to Article 18 in The Constitution Of India 1949, the abolition of titles includes the following:

a) no citizen of India shall accept any title from any foreign country


b) no title shall be conferred by the state, excluding the academic or military ones


c) no Indian citizen shall accept any title from any foreign country, without the consent of the president, while he holds any office of profit or trust under the State.


d) no Indian citizen shall accept any present, emolument, or office of any title from any foreign country, without the consent of the president, while he holds any office of profit or trust under the State.


During independence, there were many individual kingdoms. The kings of these kingdoms were referred to as Lord, Raja, etc. If the usage of these titles had continued for a longer period, the concept of equality would be in danger. Thus, the Government of India introduced the above-mentioned Article in the Indian constitution. It is also observed that the title of Mahatma Gandhi i,e, 'father of the Nation,' was not given to him by the state officials. In fact, it was Subhas Chandra Bose who had used this term for him.


Thus, the awards cannot be used by the recipient of the same as a title.


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