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Ravi Shankar Prasad: Statute in 1950 form would draw Hindu Rashtra charge: Ravi Shankar Prasad | India News

AHMEDABAD: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that if the Constitution of India were to be drafted today in the form in which it was drafted in 1950, there would be allegations that India was becoming a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and secularism was being finished.
Displaying a document from the stage, Prasad claimed, “… Title of part III (fundamental rights) carries picture of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman; the title of part IV of the Constitution (directive principles of state policy) has a picture of Lord Krishna and Arjun……Imagine if today it was proposed to put these pictures in the constitution, what a hue and cry would have happened,” Prasad said. “There would be allegations that India is becoming a Hindu Rashtra and that secularism is being finished”’ he added.
The minister was addressing a programme ‘Rashtriya Ekta Abhiyaan’ to celebrate 100 days of Modi 2.0 organised by the BJP at Dinesh Hall.
He said that titles of other sections have pictures of Lord Hanuman, Buddha, Mahavir, Kabir and even Mahatma Gandhi. “There is also Akbar but not Babur,” said Prasad.
Prasad said when the Constitution was being drafted, there were discussions about whether India’s culture, values and traditions should be incorporated into the document. Everybody, including Nehru and other leaders agreed. “Nandlal Bose, an acclaimed painter was asked to paint the titles of various chapters. The founders of our Constitution decided what the paintings would be,” he said.
“This is the reason why the founders of our Constitution did not make India secular. They knew the soul of India is secular. Truth is one. It can be reached from various paths. Our communists say that they are constitutional nationalists. I can only ask them to look at the Constitution,” the minister said.

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