National Emblem controversy: ‘shows cannibalistic tendencies’, opposition slams Modi government over new structure

Image Source: @MAHUAMOITRA The original national emblem (left) and the new one (right) installed atop the new Parliament House in New Delhi.


  • Opposition slams Modi government for design of new national emblem
  • The new national emblem is placed atop the new Parliament building
  • Oppn Said The Original Was Beautiful But The New One Is Unnecessarily Offensive

national emblem controversyOpposition members and activists hit out at the Modi government over the new national emblem structure put up atop the new Parliament building in New Delhi, saying the original was beautiful and majestic assuring while the new one was unnecessarily aggressive, annoyed and disproportionate.

The opposition has accused the government of distorting the national emblem, demanding immediate changes.

Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Trinamool Congress’s Mahua Moitra and others have reacted to the government’s new national emblem atop the new Parliament building.

“Narendra Modi ji, please see the lion’s face, whether it is representing the great Sarnath statue or a distorted version of the GIR lion. Please check it and if it is needed, rectify it,” said Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha I said on Twitter.

PM Modi unveils the national emblem atop the new Parliament House

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday unveiled the cast of the national emblem atop the new Parliament building in the presence of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Deputy Speaker Harivansh.

Opposition targets Modi government

The opposition had targeted Modi for violating constitutional norms and not inviting opposition leaders for the programme.

Lalu Yadav’s RJD criticized the government saying, “The original emblem has a mild expression, but the ones made during the Amrit period show man-eating tendencies to consume everything in the country.”

“A disgrace to our national emblem, the majestic Ashokan Lions. The original is on the left, graceful, full of majestic confidence. On the right is a version of Modi, placed atop the new Parliament building – annoyed, unnecessarily aggressive and Disproportionate. Shame! Change it immediately,” Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Jawahar Sarkar said on Twitter, sharing two different images of the national emblem.

Mahua Moitra also tweeted without saying anything comparing the two national symbols.

Historian S Irfan Habib also objected to the national emblem unveiled atop the new Parliament building.

Habib said, “It was completely unnecessary and avoidable to interfere with our national emblem. Why should our lions look ferocious and full of anger? These are the lions of Ashoka that were adopted by independent India in 1950.”

“From Gandhi to Godse; from our national emblem with lions sitting majestic and peacefully; to the new national emblem unveiled for the top of the new Parliament building under construction in Central Vista; angry lions with bare fangs. This is Modi’s new India is,” said senior lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also tweeted saying, “Totally changing the character and nature of the lions on the Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath is a shameless insult to the national emblem of India!”

Former ASI ADG reacts to new national emblem

Speaking amidst the controversy, former ADG of ASI, BR Mani said, “The Ashoka Pillar excavated in 1905 has been copied to be installed over the Parliament House of India. Would not call the claims of opposition leaders baseless or meaningless but It is not right to make political comments on this.”

“The original pillar is 7-8 feet while it is about 21 feet. The perspective changes with such a difference. When viewed from the angle of ground level, it is different but when viewed from the front, it is clear that it It’s a good attempt to copy.” He added.

,With inputs from PTI,

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