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A podcast on the Constituent Assembly and the idea of ​​India

Dr. Rajendra Prasad as President of the Constituent Assembly signing the new Constitution as passed by it.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad as President of the Constituent Assembly signing the new Constitution as passed by it. , Photo Credit: The Hindu Archives

India celebrates Samvidhan Diwas or Constitution Day on 26 November. On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India, which came into force from 26 January 1950. Our Constitution contains the ideals that underlie the ethos of our nation, its political code, structure, powers, government institutions and the duties and fundamental rights of its citizens, making it the longest written constitution in the world.

Chennai-based The Equals Project, an initiative that helps people better understand the Constitution and their relationship with it, partnered with Suno India, a multilingual podcast platform, to explore the issues discussed in the Constituent Assembly Is.

The project, run by two lawyers, an engineering graduate, and a design associate, and founded by Sruthi Viswanathan, a graduate of the National Law School of India University, has focused on the Constitution in its workshops, outings, and book discussions since its inception. In 2019.

Shruti Viswanathan

Shruti Vishwanathan | photo credit: special arrangement

“Season 1 of Contested Nation has eight episodes that cover topics such as the fundamental right of an individual to marry, free speech and even the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. The common theme is the Constituent Assembly of India, the events discussed in it and the political events outside it that have led us to this moment. There was vigorous debate both inside and outside the assembly about the idea of ​​India and its vision for its future. Some members of the Constituent Assembly refused to sign certain clauses saying that the importance of the states was compromised, the rights of minorities were not adequately protected, etc. The fault lines that we see between 1947-49 are visible in public life today – caste, language… the tone of the discussion has remained the same. What it means to be an Indian is a question we grapple with even today. To move forward, we need to look back,” says 34-year-old Shruti.

All podcasts are under an hour long and follow a script on the overarching issue being discussed. “If it’s too complicated like a discussion on citizenship, we split it into two episodes.”

A team of four works on research, fact-checking and design while Suno India helps with editing and publishing.

The project chose speakers who were accessible to the audience; There was knowledge of the subject matter, and there were diverse opinions. “The Constituent Assembly is extensively discussed by academicians and jurists. We look forward to expanding this. For example, Ganeev Kaur Dhillon is a lawyer but also curator of the Partition Museum, Amritsar, and brings her knowledge of documenting oral history to the podcast,” says Shruti. “Our speakers include Maitreyi Krishnan, who looks into the unorganized sector of labor in Karnataka. We focused on those who understand what restrictions on free speech mean for the practice of democracy, and not just from an academic end.

The Equals Project in association with Suno India brings out a series of podcasts

The Equals Project in association with Suno India brings out a series of podcasts Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Why Constituent Assembly of Pakistan? “It was fascinating because here we have two legislatures that begin in a similar way, created at the same moment with founding leaders who made the case for inclusiveness. But in Pakistan the journey takes a different direction. Already the first assembly was dissolved.It took a journey of 25 years to get the constitution that is there today,” says Shruti.

The podcast audio clips draw heavily on historical sources such as Mountbatten announcing the partition of India, a clip from the 1973 film ‘Garam Hawa’ on the partition, and various audio mediums associated with pop culture. “We look at everything through a non-legal lens, and there are things we don’t know about the Constitution.”

Contested Nation can be streamed on Spotify.

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