This Man Wrote The Original Constitution Of India In His Own Hand

5:59 pm 26 Nov, 2016


Born in Delhi, Prem Behari Narain Raizada was a great calligraphist.

 

Prem Bihari Raizada writing the Constitution in his own hand. .

Prem Bihari Raizada writing the Constitution in his own hand. .

When the task of writing the Constitution was handed over to him, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had asked him his fee.

Raizada, a graduate of St. Stephens, said, “I have everything that I need, so I won’t charge a penny. All I desire is that I be allowed to write my name on every page of the Constitution and the name of my grandfather along with mine on the last page.”

His wish was granted and Prem Bihari Raizada began writing in his own hand what would define the character of India.

 

A page from the original Constitution. Also note the artwork and frame border. AnandPhilip.com

A page from the original Constitution. Also note the artwork and frame border. AnandPhilip.com

It took him six months and 254 pen-holder nibs of N0.303 type to write the Constitution.

 

President Dr. Rajendra Prasad inspecting the pages of the original constitution. Twitter

President Dr. Rajendra Prasad inspecting the pages of the original constitution. Twitter

It was this handwritten constitution which was signed by all members of the Constituent Assembly in January 1950.

 

The signatures of some prominent leaders who signed the Constitution. AnandPhilip.com

The signatures of some prominent leaders who signed the Constitution. AnandPhilip.com

Later copies of the original Constitution was made using photolithograph process at the office of Survey of India in Dehradun.

 

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Raizada wrote the Constitution in the italic style. The artwork was done by Nandlal Bose.

 

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And thus was born the Constitution of the world’s largest democracy.

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