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.

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.

Kingship knows no Kinship

With an unprecedented chain of events, involving the barter of kins from one party to another, these General Elections have turned up to promote ‘Mahabharat’.

While Namonarayan Meena, former cabinet minister in UPA 2, fights against his real brother, Harishchandra Meena in Dausa(Rajasthan), Congress party thinks it has scored big with former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece, Karuna Shukla. She is running for the Lok Sabha membership from Madhya Pradesh. We all know what Uddhav and Raj Thackrey have been upto since the formation of the MNS in 2006.

In the chain of events when brothers are fighting against each other, PM Manmohan Singh’s half brother, Daljeet Singh Kohli mysteriously joins the BJP.

These series of events remind me of the epic tale of Mahabharat, and the phrase ‘Kingship knows no Kinship’.


Raisina Hills-2012 “Kauna Banega Rashtrapati”

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Breaking News! Flashed on the TV screens of various channels when Pranab Mukherjee was declared as top priority by UPA chairperson for the upcoming Presidential Elections.An hour later all messed up journalist who were busy preparing Pranab da’s profile held their head as Mamta Didi took a U turn and along with Mulayam Singh declared three candidates for President’s Candidature. The name of the incumbent PM Manmohan Singh was the Surprise of the day.

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Pranab Mukherjee has been in the run for a long time as the tenure of Mrs.Pratibha Patil nears an end this 24 July.APJ Abdul Kalam has been fancied by the people as the President again but BJP’s uncertainty and leadership crisis are making his comeback unlikely. Somnath Chaterjee, a third suggestion by the brother and sister duo of Mamata and Mulayam, is lacking political support as his own party, the CPI(M) has lost faith in him.

The battle lines are thus likely to draw between the PM and the FM, Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee.

Though it would be utter shame for the congress to drive away Manmohan Singh from 7 RCR in the name of Presidential Elections, but there may be a few reasons why Congress would take this step. The first reason is the degrading image of Prime Minister, and a group in a party wants a change in the leadership( Wants Rahul Gandhi perhaps! ).

The politics involved is so complicated and nonsensical that a common man would take a life time to understand and when he understands it, the things would have changed completely.

With Mamata and Mulayam playing their cards now, its upto The UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to take some step forward and build a consensus within the alliance.

With a fantastic football tournament going on in Ukraine and Poland ,the UEFA 2012 is beginning to get exciting with some competitive matches, so is the battle for the Raisina Hills 2012.

With Mr.Bachchan getting ready for the game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati“,, ts Mamata Banerjee who has got her own political game show on as “Kaun Banega Rashtrapati”

[[The comments made here are solely mine and endorses no political party’s views]]