Study the Constitution! - Online tool helps learn about the origins of India’s Basic Law
The constitution constitutes the heart of every democracy. India’s constitution was adopted on January 26, 1950 following intensive debates at the Constituent Assembly which lasted close to three years. Many of the historic debates remain highly relevant for contemporary issues. However, the minutes of the debates are difficult for non-specialists to access. To date, these important documents have not been organized in an easily accessible let alone searchable manner.
To remedy this state of affairs, the Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR) in Bangalore with the support of the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) has launched a website which documents the Constituent Assembly Debates (CAD). The objective of this innovative project is to make the material more accessible to both researchers and the interested public. Our partners will also promote the site as a tool for civic education thereby facilitating greater engagement with India’s constitutional history.
“The constitution serves as a foundation for India’s democracy. By making the Constitutional Assembly Debates more accessible to everyone, we aim to create public awareness for an important document that remains relevant in so many ways today”, said FNF Regional Director Dr. Ronald Meinardus.
In the first phase, debates related to Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSPs) have been uploaded to the website. In the next step, CLPR will introduce the debates related to other themes. All texts are easily searchable based on a variety of criteria, such as theme, name of speaker and constituency; also mentioned are references to the constitutional traditions of other countries.
Go to www.cadindia.clpr.org.in and find out more for yourself. Study the constitution!