Constitutionofindia.net (formerly CADIndia) receives a number of testimonials from users of our website and its resources. Some of these testimonials are collected below -
Tejas Parasher (Junior Research Fellow - King's College, London):
"I'm glad initiatives like @CLPR_CADIndia are making information about members of the Constituent Assembly of India more widely available. Aside from the text of the constitution, the sheer diversity of the Assembly was a testament to the founding’s democratic aspirations. As we think more about the popular life of constitutional morality (in India and elsewhere) @CLPR_CADIndia is a fantastic example of the civic importance of public history."
Mohit Dang (Student - Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab)
"Gone are the days when one needed access to libraries to peruse Constitutional Assembly Debates from many voluminous reports – attempting in the process to figure out the confusingly indexed documents and unable to narrow down on the location of desired extracts. CLPR’s CADIndia has made the deliberations which gave us our magnificent Constitution accessible to all. The interface makes it convenient for not only researchers, but also those who stroll to the website casually and stay due to enriching content. In that sense, CLPR has fulfilled a civic duty – that of providing an opportunity to the populace to get educated about the underpinnings of our Constitution. As a law student, CADIndia has contributed immensely to my understanding of the Constitution."
Jaipat S. Jain (Attorney at Law and Partner - Lazare Potter Giacovas & Moyle LLP, New York):
"I am delighted to come across the site and find the treasures that I did. As someone living in New York City, I do not have ready access to the Constituent Assembly debates. Every time I visit India, I hope to bring the complete print set. Now, I do not have to. What’s more, I can do a search and get the answers – something that would probably have been difficult with hard copy volumes. Thank you for this excellent initiative! India’s Constitution has become unwieldy, like its bureaucracy! Any effort to understand or simplify it ought to take into account its British origin and the drafting work done by British-trained civil servants. Unsurprisingly, it is a mix of the spirit of freedom and serfdom. By making the Constituent Assembly debates online, you have advanced the cause of research and scholarship. Thank you!"
Ashwary Sharma (Assistant Professor - KLE Society's Law College, Bengaluru):
"CADIndia makes it very convenient for a researcher to access the most important documents and records on India’s constitutional origins—all in one place. CADIndia provides the right research tools and seamlessly integrates them with the content. The indexing and tagging of the content is done with the help of subject experts which makes the search results precise. This is what makes it unique. CADIndia has contributed immensely in fostering a meaningful public discourse about India’s constitutional origins I thank CLPR for making the platform accessible to all for free."
Shiva Jolad (Assistant Professor - Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar):
"The CADIndia website by CLPR has beautifully curated the rich history and process of the making of India's constitution. They have organized the constituent assembly debates into 12 volumes and made it is searchable by keywords. The website is a valuable source, both for the novice reader and a serious student of political science, law, public policy or history interested in India's constitution. I think school textbook committees in India should take a cue from CADIndia website on how to narrate the story of the making of India's constitution."
Nishant Gokhale (LLM candidate - Harvard Law School):
"CLPR's database on the Constituent Assembly Debates is a refreshingly new take on this invaluable source of material for researchers and those keen on knowing more about the Indian constitution. The database is elegant and easy to use and walks you through the significant but messy process of constitution making in India.
The database, which I am told, is a work in progress, identifies some important members of the constituent assembly and has links to a brief background of where they came from and their role in various committees in the constituent assembly. This is significant since their positions on various issues are often dictated by their personal experiences and regional affiliations. The database's collection of historical constitutions and references to other important documents are important tools for researchers. The short write-ups on its blog on "This Week in...." provide a slice of important constitutional issues debated which have gone on to shape the notion of Indian constitutional values.
I found it to be useful in my research tribal areas and the Vth and VIth Schedule of the Constitution for my LL.M. paper. I wish CLPR's project the very best in developing this useful resource further."