Reaping controversy around the Emblem on New Parliament Building

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Reaping controversy around the Emblem on New Parliament Building

  • Recently the first glimpse of the national emblem atop the new Parliament House was unveiled.

Reason behind its adoption as the national emblem

  • Epitomized power, courage and confidence of the free nation.
  • Two-dimensional sculpture with words Satyameva Jayate (truth alone triumphs) written below it, taken from Mundaka Upanishad, written in Devanagari script.
  • Emblem represents the seal of the Republic of India.

Controversy behind the latest replica

  • Many alleged that lions looked “too aggressive”, which amounted to tampering with the original to meet the deadline of Central Vista Project.
  • Original emblem has mild expression, but the current one depict man-eater's tendency to consume everything in the country- It is seen as an insult to the national symbol.

Counter by Designers

  • Claimed that new emblem is a huge structure meant to be appreciated from a distance.
  • Original structure was 1.6 metre tall whereas new depiction is 6.5 metre high.
  • Original was at the ground level while the latest depiction is at a height of 33 meter from the ground.

Prelims Take Away

  • Sarnath Lion capital
  • Mundaka Upanishad
  • National symbols
  • Ashokan Pillars
  • Buddhism- 4 Noble Truths