A citizen is an inhabitant of a city, a person who has full rights in a country by birth or naturalization. As a citizen enjoys the rights and privileges in his country, he has, at the same time, certain duties and responsibilities towards his country. He is expected to be loyal and patriotic, disciplined and honest towards his country and countrymen.

In a democratic country like India, a citizen has been given many privileges under the Indian Constitution. He has the right to vote in the election, a right to demand whatever is due to him under the law of the land: a right of freedom of speech and also a fight to point out the wrong steps, if any taken by the government that is likely to affect in any way the public interest.

Similarly, an ideal citizen has the most important duty of protecting his country, even at the cost of his own life, from the attack of any outside force; he is expected to respect the law of the land, and help in every way to implement it in the right direction; he should never create any unfavourable situation that the administration of the country be in any way hampered by his misdeeds. He should help his fellowmen to lead a fair and peaceful life.

As an ideal citizen, he should come forward unhesitatingly in the cases of natural calamities or civic disorder, if any, in the country, to help the distressed by sacrificing all his personal gains and interests.


Above all, an ideal citizen must possess his unquestion­able love and respect for his fellow-citizens and loyalty and patriotism for his nation or his country.