Citizens' Pledge - Wall Frame for your home or office to give people a taste of how the National Pledge in the original ‘Constitution of India’ looked.
- Framed Wall art professionally printed with sharp, vivid designs and superior dye inks that resist fading
- Printed on Original Constitution Paper - that was used to print the original constitution, sourced from the Handmade Paper Institute in Pune that was setup by K B Joshi in 1940, with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi
- Elegant Frame that complements the legal work of art!
- Hook at the back to make sure framed print stays on the wall for years to come
The National Pledge is an oath of allegiance to the Republic of India. It is commonly recited by Indians in unison at public events, especially in schools, and during the Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations. It is commonly found printed in the opening pages of school textbooks and calendars. It is recited in the morning assembly of most Indian schools. However, Pledge is the part of the Indian Constitution.
The pledge was originally composed in Telugu by writer and IAS Officer, Pydimarri Venkata Subba Rao in 1962. It was first read out in a school in Visakhapatnam in 1963 and was subsequently translated into various regional languages.
Constitution as a work of Art - The Indian Constitution is not only a consolidation of laws and regulations. But it is a wonderful repository of art. It gives us a sense of India’s rich tradition and culture. It’s a glimpse into our cultural heritage. Adorning the Constitution with pictures depicting Indian culture and heritage was a task entrusted to Nandalal Bose and his students from Shantiniketan. Bose decorated several pages of the first manuscript with stylish borders, headers, and backdrops. He even embossed complex patterns on the edges and made the covers in gold. These embossments are reminiscent of the Ajanta murals.
The calligraphy in the book was done by Prem Behari Narain Raizada and several students of Shantiniketan worked on the borders that frame each page.
Each part of the Constitution begins with a depiction of a phase or scene from India’s national history. The artworks represent various periods in Indian history, including the Vedic Period, Mohenjodaro in the Indus Valley, the Gupta and Maurya empires as well as the Mughal era.
We are so used to seeing clauses, acts and amendments in our textbooks that we’ve forgotten about the original. So we are trying to remaster the Indian constitution to its original glory took.
To know more about the magnificent work of decorating the Indian Constitution check out Republic of Art: The Constitution as an Illustrated History of India written by The Heritage Lab (THL) .
The original of the Constitution book is kept in a special helium-filled case in the Library of the Parliament of India. But you can read the Constitution of India (Original copy) in digital format here (Source: Rare Book Society of India, Photolithographed at the Survey of India Offices, Dehra Dun, India - 1950)