Watch: PM Unveils National Emblem On Roof Of New Parliament Building

Opinion: The Menacing Lions Don't Do India Proud

The distortion is severe and should be undone. Our nationwide emblem isn’t a toy to which a baby may give a brand new form. It stands for the which means of India, and for the message of the Indian state. Our courts show it and thereby promise integrity and impartiality. Via the symbol, our cash and forex notes guarantee legitimacy.

Immediately, with out discover to anybody, with out session with parliament, or the states, or public opinion, the symbol isn’t solely modified, however then put in, in all its heavy tonnage, on prime of the brand new parliament constructing! The calm, assured, reassuring, defending lions have been changed by a set of snarling, menacing lions!

It is like eradicating the flame of freedom from the raised hand of the Statue of Liberty close to New York and changing it with an assault rifle. (Some within the U.S. will little question welcome such a change.)

Every thing in regards to the occasion was flawed. The unilateral change within the emblem. Prayers of just one faith consecrating a ceremony of the religiously neutral Indian state. The absence from the occasion of the President of India, who amongst different issues is our parliament’s head. The absence additionally of the Vice President of India, who chairs the Rajya Sabha, which is an inseparable a part of parliament. The absence of leaders of the Opposition. One can simply go on.

However greater than the occasion, it is the truth that from now onward, an altered image will converse to the world from a dominating perch above the brand new parliament constructing that ought to profoundly disturb each Indian. The justifications are totally unconvincing. “Artists ought to have their freedom.” “It is solely when seen from under that the lions look enraged.” What number of will see the lions from above?