‘Unnecessarily offensive’: Center protests over ‘bare fangs’ of Ashoka emblem unveiled by PM Modi; government debunks claim

Opposition parties such as Congress, CPI(M), RJD, TMC and AIMIM attacked the Narendra Modi-led central government for “distorting” the national emblem with those replacing the “beautiful and regularly self-confident” Ashokan lions. Those who have dangerous and aggressive posture and demanded immediate change. Opposition leaders have also accused the prime minister of violating constitutional norms and not inviting him to the event.

On Monday, PM Modi 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 and also participated in a religious ceremony at the site.

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

Sharing two different images of the national emblem, TMC’s Rajya Sabha member Jawahar Sarkar said, “Insult our national emblem, the majestic Ashokan Lions. The original is on the left, beautiful, genuinely confident. The one on the right is Modi’s version, perched atop the new Parliament building – annoyed, unnecessarily aggressive and disproportionate. Shame! Change it immediately.”

Another TMC leader Mahua Moitra also shared two pictures of the national emblem without writing anything.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) also objected to this and said that the national emblem unveiled atop the new Parliament building was made in “Amrit Kaal” and its lions show a tendency to swallow everything. “Each symbol reflects the inner thinking of man. Man uses symbols to show the common man what his nature is,” wrote Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD in Hindi on Twitter.

AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh tweeted in Hindi, “I want to ask 130 crore Indians whether those who change the national symbol should be called “anti-nationals” or not.”

Meanwhile, senior lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan has also expressed his views on this and called it “Modi’s New India”. “From Gandhi to Godse; From our national emblem, seated majestic and peacefully with lions; for the new national emblem unveiled for the top of the new Parliament building under construction in Central Vista; Angry lions have bare fangs. This is Modi’s new India,” Bhushan said.

BJP rejects criticism of opposition

Responding to all the allegations of opposition parties, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that those opposing the new national emblem need to appreciate the effect of angle, height and scale while comparing the two structures. “If one looks at the emblem of Sarnath from below it will look as calm or angry as is being discussed,” he explained in a series of tweets accompanying the images.

“If an exact replica of the original were to be placed on the new building, it would be barely visible beyond the peripheral rails.” “Sense of proportion and perspective. Beauty is famously believed to lie in the eye of the beholder. So is the case with calm and anger. The original #Sarnath #symbol is 1.6 meters high while the symbol at the top of the #NewParliamentBuilding is 6.5 meters The meter is huge in height,” he said.

The BJP termed the opposition’s criticism as “politically motivated” and said, “It is unfortunate that the opposition parties have come up with yet another set of baseless allegations, which smacks of their political motive.”

BJP chief spokesperson and national media in-charge Anil Baluni said on Monday that the building would be handed over to the Parliament Administration after the construction work is completed. “Opposition parties questioning the observation ceremony should understand the administrative process. From Parliament’s design to funding and construction supervision, the entire work comes under the purview of the Ministry of Urban Development,” he said, adding that “even the foundation laying was done by the prime minister.”

How unique is the national emblem on the new parliament building

Officials told news agency PTI that over 100 artisans and craftsmen from different parts of the country worked for over nine months to make the national emblem on a large scale. He said installing the “State Emblem of India” made of “high purity bronze” on top of the central foyer of the new Parliament House, currently under construction, was a challenge in itself as it was 33 meters above ground level. ,

state emblem India The Sarnath Singh of Emperor Ashoka is an adaptation from the capital which is preserved in the Sarnath Museum. The Lion Capital has four lions mounted one after the other on a circular abacus. The frieze of the abacus is decorated with sculptures in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion, separated by interfering dharma chakras. A senior Union ministry official said the 6.5-metre installation, which weighs 16,000 kg, including the supporting structure (9,500 kg – the national emblem, and 6500 kg – the supporting structure), was completely handcrafted by Indian artisans. It is made of high purity bronze. Housing and Urban Affairs.

The concept and process of casting the national emblem on the roof of the new Parliament House has gone through eight different stages of preparation ranging from clay modeling and computer graphics to bronze casting and polishing, officials said.

The Prime Minister also participated in a religious ceremony at the site. Modi also interacted with the workers engaged in the construction of the building and told them that they should feel proud of their work. He said that they are contributing a lot to the pride of the country.

(with inputs from PTI)

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