A look back at our Constitution: Shyam Benegal’s ‘Samvidhaan’

The Indian Constitution is the largest written constitutional document in the world. It took two and half years to frame it completely. Having born way after Independence,  the Youth of this country can only imagine what could have happened during the meetings of the Constituent Assembly or read in the history books about it.

I was watching the History TV 18 Channel on TV and wondered why couldn’t we in India make some show which enlightens the youth about the rich heritage and struggles for freedom of this nation, which seems to have thrown in the dustbin, as India grows younger.

Then one day while watching the Speech of our PM (then PM designate) Sh. Narendra Modiji on Rajya Sabha TV , I watched the 2nd episode of the mini TV series by Shyam Benegal on India’s Constitution, titled as ‘Samvidhaan’ which is the Hindi translation of the word ‘Constitution’.

The TV series features the series of events which took place during the formulation and enactment of the Constitution of the largest democracy of the world.

The script has been written brilliantly taking care of the use of words by the people in the coveted assembly according to their region of origin.

Shyam Benegal’s experience and artistry is reflected in the way he has chosen and directed actors for their respective roles. You would sometime feel that you were watching a documentary and not a mere enactment. For example, Rajendra Gupta as President Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dilip Tahlani as Pt. Nehru, Paresh Ganatra as K. T . Shah,Ila Arun as Hansa Mehta, and others look perfect in their respective roles, be it their make up, dialogue delivery or accent.

Cast and crew of Samvidhaan

Swara Bhaskar’s anchoring adds to the attractiveness of this story styled narrative of the making of the constitution of India. The article by article discussion, the politics of the country at that time, the social and communal issues which were raised during the discussion, the separation of Pakistan and Gandhi-Jinnah relations have been portrayed beautifully. Although some might argue about the story line but Benegal and his team has taken care of each and every short story they encapsulated in the series. All the dialogues have been created from recorded facts and speeches and accounts from the biographies of various leaders.

The first show aired on 2nd March 2014, Sunday when the nation was hearing the opening bell of the 2014 general elections and in these extravagant elections this fantastic piece of creation went unnoticed.

President of India felicitated the actors in a ceremony on 20th February which was coincidentally the penultimate day of the 15th Lok Sabha.

The series couldn’t be shot in the Central Hall of Parliament as it would have to be re shaped, so a replica of the Central Hall (as it would have looked in that era) was created in the Film Studio at Mumbai and the series was shot there.

I urge people from all walks of life to watch this TV series at least once and I am sure you would be proud of our Constitution and its rich history.

These episodes are now available on RajyaSabha TV’s YouTube channel.

Here are all the 10 episodes of the series.

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चाहने वालों ने …

चाहने वालों ने कोशिश तो बहुत की लेकिन,
खो गया मैं तो कोई ढूँढ ना पाया मुझको !
सख़्त हैरत में पड़ी मौत ये जुमला सुनकर,
आ! अदा करना है साँसों का किराया मुझको !

Munawwar Rana

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BJP’s MODIfied Obama styled campaign.

BJP's MODIfied Obama styled campaign.

The BJP’s landslide victory in the recent General Elections have been the fruit of the tireless efforts of the party’s PM nominee, Shri Narendra Modi.
But somehow, you can’t overlook the similarities in Obama and Modi’s campaigns.
Obama is a very good orator, highly energetic and accepted by the public as the symbol of ‘change’. Same goes with Narendra Modiji.
Modiji was nominated as party’s PM candidate to suit the style of campaign which originally President Obama had adopted in 2008.
Obama promised change for the American people after USA was struggling with economic crisis. So did NaMo in 2014.
His (Obama) addressed to the people in a very direct manner and so did NaMo.
Namo talks of the pride of the nation and the pride of the Armed forces by targeting Pakistan’s activities on the border. Obama lured the army men by assuring the return of US forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.
After the win, both the leader thanked the public for their support and gave speech on how they are going to ‘revive’ the nation.
Both leaders were proactive on social media, making direct contact to youth and spreading their word through the internet.
There are many more similarities including Obama’s famous slogan ‘Yes We can!’, but the credit goes to NaMo for the aggressive campaigning.

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Sabne milaye hath yahan tiirgi ka saath

Sabne milaye haath yahan tiirgi ke sath
Kitna bada mazak hua roshni ke sath
Shartein lagayi jati nahi dosti ke sath
Kijiye mujhe qubool meri har kami ke sath
Tera khayal teri talab teri aarzoo
Main umr bhar chala hun roshni ke sath
Duniya mere khilaf khadi kese ho gayi
Meri to dushmani bhi nahi thi kisi ke sath
Kis kaam ki rahi ye dikhave ki zindagi
Waade kiye kisi se guzari kisi ke sath
Duniya ko bewafai ka ilzam kaun de
Apni hi nibh saki na bohot din kisi ke sath
Qatre wo kuchh bhi payen ye mumkin nahi “waseem”
Badhna jo chahte hain samandar kashi ke sath

This one is from one of my favourite shayars : waseem barelvi sahab..

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ye kaashi hai

लाखों भक्त जहाँ दर्शन के अभिलाषी हैं
वहां माँ गंगा फिर क्यूँ रुआंसी हैं।
इस शहर का भी माहौल यूँ तो सियासी है
मगर ये तुम्हारी सियासत का अखाडा नहि
महादेव की नगरी ये बनारस ये काशी है

 

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Election aya! Election aya!

Election Aya! Election Aya!

waadon ke pulinde laya!

humko isne khub bharmaya

khel kisika samajh na aya!

 

yun to ye sakht daur garmi ka hai

lekin yaha to mela besharmi ka hai

Suraj ko dekh Neta bhi aankh dikhaya

Election aya! Election Aya!

 

is kalyug mein zuban hi shastra hai

man maila tan sundar vastra hain

Shikaari ne phir se apna jaal bichaya

kyunki Election Aya! Election Aya!

 

deshbhakt tum sambhal ke rehna

matri bhakt tum sambhal ke rehna

saapon ne phir zeher hai dikhaya

2014 me Election aya! Election Aya!