A podcast on the Constituent Meeting and the thought of India

Dr Rajendra Prasad as President of the Constituent Meeting signing the brand new Structure as handed by it.
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India celebrates Structure Day or Samvidhan Divas on November 26. It was on today in 1949 that the Constituent Meeting adopted the Structure of India that got here into impact from January 26, 1950. Our Structure encompasses the beliefs that underline the ethos of our nation, its political code, construction, powers, duties of Authorities establishments and its residents, and their elementary rights, making it the longest written structure on the earth.

Chennai-based The Equals Undertaking, an initiative that helps folks higher perceive the Structure and their relationship with it, has partnered with Suno India, a multilingual podcast platform, to discover the problems mentioned within the Constituent Meeting.

The Undertaking, peopled by two attorneys, an engineering graduate, and a design affiliate, and based by Shruti Viswanathan, a graduate of Nationwide Regulation College of India College, has focussed on the Structure in its workshops, walks and e-book discussions because it was established in 2019.

Shruti Viswanathan

Shruti Viswanathan
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“Season 1 of Contested Nation has eight episodes that individually cover subjects such as the fundamental right 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 drove us to this moment. The idea of India and the vision for its future was hotly contested, both inside and outside the Assembly. Some members of the Constituent Assembly refused to sign certain clauses saying that the importance of the states had been compromised, minority rights are not protected enough, etc. It is important to understand why we made the choices we did. The fault lines we see between 1947-49 are the same we see in public life today — caste, language… the tone of discourse has remained the same. What does it mean to be an Indian is a question we are struggling with even today. To move forward, we need to look back,” says 34-year-old Shruti.

The podcasts are all underneath an hour and comply with a script on the broad difficulty being mentioned. “If it’s too complicated like the discussion on Citizenship, we split it into two episodes.”

A group of 4 works on analysis, fact-checking and design whereas Suno India helps with enhancing and publishing. 

The undertaking selected audio system who had been accessible to the viewers; had data of the subject material, and various opinions. “The Constituent Assembly is discussed largely by academics and jurists. We hope to expand that. For example, Ganeev Kaur Dhillon is a lawyer but also a curator of the Partition Museum, Amritsar, and brings her knowledge of documenting oral histories to the podcast,” says Shruti. “Our speakers include Maitreyi Krishnan, who looks at the unorganised sector in labour in Karnataka. We focussed 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 collaboration with Suno India has brought out the series of podcasts

The Equals Undertaking in collaboration with Suno India has introduced out the sequence of podcasts
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Why the Constituent Meeting of Pakistan? “It was fascinating because here we have two assemblies that start off in similar ways, created in the same moment with founding leaders who made a case for inclusivity. But the journey takes a different course in Pakistan. The first assembly was dissolved even before the constitution was written. It took a 25-year journey to get to the constitution they have today,” says Shruti.

The podcast attracts closely on audio clips, historic sources resembling Mountbatten saying the Partition of India, a clip from the 1973 movie ‘Garam Hava’ on Partition, and totally different audio mediums tied to popular culture. “We look at everything from a non-legal lens, and of things about the Constitution we dont know of.”

Contested Nation will be streamed on Spotify.

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