The Constitution of India made available in braille script

The Constitution was made available in Braille for the first time ahead of the Constitution Day on 26 November. In a joint project undertaken by ‘The Buddhist Association for the Blind along with Saavi Foundation and Swagat Thorat, who started India’s first Braille newsletter Sparshdnyan, the Constitution will be made available in five parts in Braille for the benefit of visually challenged individuals.

05 Dec 2018 | By Sriraam Selvam

The event was held at BJ Medical College in Pune on 25 November. As a joint project by Swagat Thorat and Saavi Foundation with The Buddhist Association for visually challenged,

The project would publish booklets in braille along with The Constitution that would have explanations and additional information to assist lawyers and UPSC aspirants from the visually challenged community. The braille script could not cross 150 pages and hence they decided to split it into five parts and the second part can be expected in the next two months. 

The Constitution was adopted on 26 November, 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950. It was on 19 November 2015, when the Indian government declared 26 November as the Constitution Day.

India is not the first country to have its Constitution in braille script. Georgia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Fiji, Mozambique, the Republic of Mauritius, Macedonia, Myanmar, Brazil and the US have their Constitution in braille.

Braille scripts in India

Swagat Thorat has published Sparshdnyan India’s first Marathi braille newsletter.

Reliance Drisht’, the first Hindi newspaper available in braille script

White Print in braille by Upasana Makati, a former PR professional.