Dear Ravi Shankar Prasad, soul of Constitution resides not in images, but in its text

May 31, 2018
Constitution & Governance

Vineeth Krishna E, Lead Associate Editor at CLPR, argues in The Print against reading too much into the imagery found in the original manuscript of the Indian Constitution. He further points out that the framers of the Constitution saw the constitution-making process as a break from the past rather than a continuation.

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At a recent media event last week, union minister for law and justice and BJP veteran Ravi Shankar Prasad suggested to an audience that the Indian Constitution was a (mainly Hindu) religious document. He displayed a copy of the original manuscript of the Constitution and showed the chapters on fundamental rights and directive principles, pointing out the artwork above it: Images of Ram, Sita, Laxman and Krishna. Almost as an aside, Prasad named other pictures too: Kabir, Buddha, Mahavir, Akbar…

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