Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Project

The Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Project seeks to enhance public awareness and critical engagement with India’s constitutional tradition.

The Constituent Assembly Debates (CADs) are a record of the debates and proceedings in the Constituent Assembly of India which sat for 165 days from December 9, 1946 to January 24, 1950. These debates which are organised in 12 volumes are an essential guide to the process of drafting and creating the Constitution of India, 1950.

While the CADs are available in print and on the web, both expert and lay users find these existing sources complex and difficult to access and comprehend.

CADINDIA.CLPR.ORG.IN is a website designed to make these debates instantly accessible in a userfriendly manner in three ways:

  • Curated and edited content to enhance readability.
  • Editorial tagging of content to enable swift access to key debates.
  • Powerful Search Engine that can precisely locate debates based on user queries.

Phase 1

The phase I began in July 2015 and ended in January, 2016. In this phase we have:

  • Curated, coded and tagged the CADs on Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles.
  • Designed the website and user interface
  • Put together essential background information on India’s constitution-making period.
  • The website was launched on Republic Day, Jan 26, 2016.

Phase 2

Phase II began in January 2016 and ended in December 2016. In this phase, we

  • Expanded coverage to approximately 80% of the CAD that includes themes such as federalism, judiciary, citizenship, democratic institutions etc.
  • Added to the database 10 Historical constitutions that capture the constitutional imagination of important individuals and institutions that preceded the formal drafting of the Indian Constitution.
  • Revamped the design and improve functionality of the website.
  • Built public engagement with the website through workshops and public events
  • Organised the ConQuest Quiz, the first national quiz on the Indian Constitution, History and Politics
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Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

The Constitutional and Civic Citizenship Project has been undertaken by the Centre for Law and Policy Research(CLPR), a not-for-profit organisation established to promote law and public policy research, public interest litigation and interventions in legal education.

This website is supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The contents of this website are the responsibility of CLPR.