When we first started CADIndia in 2015, our initial goal was to make the transcripts of the Constituent Assembly Debates accessible to the general public. We were inspired by two things: firstly, the belief that easy access to primary materials on the Indian constitution are the first step in fostering a strong and dynamic constitutional culture; and secondly, the inaccessible and complex format of existing archives of these materials discourages the general public from engaging with them.
We initially launched the CADIndia website in 2016, containing the first human-tagged online database on the Constituent Assembly Debates. At first, we focused on the debates on the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of State Policy. We soon decided to go beyond this to cover the debates on all the Articles of the Constitution, a process that we completed by the next year.
In August 2016, we conducted the first edition of ConQuest what is now India's premier quiz on constitutional and political history. This played a role in expanding the scope of our website and CADIndia itself beyond the Constituent Assembly Debates.
By 2017, we decided to create a database on Historical Constitutions - the constitutional antecedent documents which informed and inspired the Indian constitution-making process. We also expanded our constitutional education initiatives in 2017: we conducted the second initiative of ConQuest, and conducted 10 workshops and seminars in law schools around the country.
In 2018, we continued to expand our educational initiatives and conduct events around the country. We also began to focus more on producing a steady stream of content pegging constitutional history to current affairs, making our work far more contemporary in nature. Along with expanding our database of Historical Constitutions - which now contains 24 documents - we rapidly increased our public outreach to improve engagement with the Constitution.
Not only did we continue to conduct workshops and seminars, but we also created the National Constitution Society: India's first network of societies across universities, all working towards the goal of celebrating and engaging with constitutional values.
This work has continued far into 2019 and 2020, and we continue to offer new and exciting content and resources on our website: we now have summarized debates on over 200 Articles, we began a new series on 'Writings on the Indian Constitution', and we offer detailed insights into the institutions, stages, and members involved in the constitution-making process.
It became clear to us that the scope of our website has expanded far beyond what we initially imagined. We are no longer just a database of the Constituent Assembly Debates, and therefore the name 'CADIndia' no longer accurately represents everything that our website has to offer.
Instead, we have decided to change our name to reflect what we are now: a one-stop shop for everything related to the Constitution of India. We are now Constitutionofindia.net.