What our Constituent Assembly debates reveal of a vital process
A textual study of the Constitution of India’s creation offers notable insights into the collective mind of the country’s founders
The making of India’s Constitution was a carnival of democracy. Emerging from the shackles of foreign rule, our Constituent Assembly was scripting a collective vision of the future of the country. Between December 1946 and 1949, the Assembly met for 165 days and spoke about 3.6 million words overall. This would mean around 8,000 pages of written documents. These laid the foundation for our Constitution. It is no surprise then that these debates, richly adorned with philosophy and emotions, capture the minds of not just legal scholars, but anyone interested even remotely in policymaking.