November 2018 marked the 70th Anniversary of the historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR). Miloon Kothari reminds us that while the Declaration was being drafted in 1947, the Constituent Assembly was already neck deep in drafting the Indian Constitution.

Kothari in a recent lecture elaborates on the contribution of India in the making of UDHR . He argued that Indian representatives articulated and conveyed lessons from Indian freedom struggle and constitution making. Three members of the Assembly – Hansa Mehta, M.R. Masani and Vijay Lakshmi Pandit – moved between Constituent Assembly and the United Nations and played critical roles in the final shape of the Declaration. Kothari suggests that these members’ inputs were closely informed by their experience of drafting the Indian Constitution.

Access the lecture here.