Controversy over national emblem unveiled by PM, designers say “no deviation”

The national emblem is made of bronze, weighs 9,500 kg and is 6.5 meters high

New Delhi:

The national emblem unveiled atop the new Parliament House by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sparked a major controversy. Opposition parties have questioned why the prime minister, as head of the executive, unveiled the emblem. He has also said that the symbol has been modified and “degraded”. However, the designers of the colossal sculpture have claimed that “there is no deviation”.

Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal tweeted that the expression of lions in the national emblem is lighter, but the “man-eating tendency” of lions is visible in the new structure.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Modi’s “Amrit Kaal” remark, the RJD’s official handle tweeted in Hindi, “A mild expression of the original symbol, but the ones created during Amrit Kaal to consume everything in the country.” show a man-eater’s tendency.”

The tweet said that each symbol “represents the thought of a human being”. It said, “Symbols express the true nature of human beings.”

Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha spokesperson and former CEO of government-run Prasar Bharati Jawahar Sarkar termed it an “insult to our national emblem, the majestic Ashokan Lions”.

Sharing pictures of the emblem and its new version side by side, he tweeted, “Original on the left, graceful, full of majestic confidence. On the right is a version of Modi, placed atop the new Parliament building – Annoying, unnecessarily offensive and disproportionate. Shame! Change it immediately!”

Speaking to NDTV, Mr. Sarkar said, “A closer look reveals that there is an aggression in the face of the lion, whereas what Emperor Ashoka was trying to convey was a controlled regime. The calm expression on the face like the lion symbolized the message of peace that Ashoka was trying to convey.”

Responding to Mr. Sarkar’s remark, Chandra Kumar Bose of BJP said, “Everything develops in the society, we too have evolved after 75 years of independence. An artist’s expression does not necessarily have the approval of the government. For the thing, you cannot blame the Government of India or the Hon’ble Prime Minister.”

“I accept the view that Mr. Jawahar Sarkar has said there is a change, there is a revision in the structure. But we should not always criticize. Maybe India is different today,” he told NDTV.

Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra, who is at the center of controversy over her recent remarks on Goddess Kali, posted two pictures on her Twitter handle without comment.

Sunil Deore and Romil Musa, the designers of the insignia of the new Parliament House, insisted that “there is no deviation”. He said, “We have paid attention to detail. The character of the lions is similar. There may be very minor differences. People may have different interpretations. It is a large statue, and a view from below can give a distorted effect.” ” That as artists, they are proud of sculpture.

The national emblem is made of bronze, weighs 9,500 kg and is 6.5 meters high. A government note said that a supporting steel structure weighing about 6,500 kg has been erected in support of the emblem.

The national emblem of India is a variation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka, an ancient statue of the Maurya Empire.

The State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005 states that the State Emblem “shall conform to the designs prescribed in Appendix I or Appendix II of the Act”.

Earlier, opposition leaders hit out at the government for not inviting him for the unveiling ceremony.

Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi tweeted that “Parliament and National Emblem belong to the people of India, not of one person”.

The CPM said the “constitutional separation of powers” was being “distorted by the head of the executive”.

Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, “As head of government, PM should not have unveiled the national emblem atop the new Parliament building. norms have been violated.”