Search engine for Constituent Assembly debates in India 13

Constituent assembly had many interesting discussions that throw interesting light on India’s Constitution

India’s Constitution is far-sighted and among the most interesting Constitutions of the world. It was framed after extensive discussions at the Constituent assembly. These debates throw an interesting light on issues that led to the Constitution, the way it is. I have often wondered why certain provisions exist in a certain way and have turned to the debates in this assembly. To make it easy for me to search these debates, I have created a search engine using Google custom search engine and the transcripts of the debates provided by the Parliament of India.

Since these are transcripts, it takes a longer time and some refined effort to find what we are looking for. I hope having a customised search engine will make this process easier.

New: Since a lot of people search the debates each month, I have created a discussion group to share our questions, comments and tips for searching the debates.  It’s also a way to connect to like minded people, and share your research on the debates.   There are many options to limit the number of e-mails, if you are concerned about it.  Click here to view the page.


About Vivek Srinivasan

I work with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. Before this, I worked with the Right to Food Campaign and other rights based campaigns in India. To learn more, click here.

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13 thoughts on “Search engine for Constituent Assembly debates in India

  • Meera Nanda

    Thank you so much for creating this search engine. It has made my work so much simpler. I needed to consult the debates on secularism in the Constituent Assembly. I was despairing of how to find where to look.
    thanks again for doing this.

  • AD

    bahut achha kam kiya hai aapne. one of my student is going to submit his dissertation on ‘offences against national security in IPC,1860 in GORAKHPUR UNIVERSITY, GORAKHPUR UP [east]. HIS WORK IS IN HINDI MEDIUM, WE WERE DESPERATE TO SEE CAD n u solved our problem. will u pl let me know ‘kon ho tum..’ let me see if i cd get u acknowledged in d dissertation if u respond to this it wd be our honour.

  • Brahmanyan

    Thanks for providing this useful website for people like me who want to know what transpired in the Constituent Assembly in those days.


    Its a great initiative.
    This will assist me as well as many,undoubtedly in gaining more and more insight into INDIAN framework of governance.

  • P Radhakrishnan

    A very useful website. I wish the Lok Sabha Secretariat undertakes a similar exercise so that instead of going through material under different links anybody can get the Constituent Assembly Debates in one place and the index will help them find what they want.

  • Madhumita Ray

    thank you so much… this web engine is great. we train people on minority rights and I was looking for constituent assembly debates on it….. and you have really simplified my task.

  • Joseph Gathia

    Dear Vivek,
    Thank you for creating such a quick search engine.It is simply marvellous.By creating a search engine for the Constitution Assembly Debate you have done a great service not only to researchers but to all those who are interested in democracy in a multi-cultural society.
    The search engine is easy ,quick and clear.
    Once again thank you and all the best wishes for your emndeavour.
    Joseph Gathia
    Human Rights Activist ,writer and Media consultant


    It is an exceedingly useful search engine, for people like me, who do research.My hearty CONGRADULATIONS to Vivek for this monumental work.