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Hello and welcome to India Talks. I am Paranjoy Guha Thakurta in New Delhi. The programme we present now is our special 400th episode.

On the midnight of the 15th of August, 1947, fifty years ago, India had begun its tryst with destiny from this building. It had then housed the Constituent Assembly which had the responsibility for framing the Constitution of the new born nation. Today, five decades later, this imposing edifice sits more than seven hundred law makers who act as representatives of the Indian people.

Only 100 metres away from Parliament House are the two secretariat buildings on both sides of the road aptly called Rajpath - King's Way. From these two buildings - South Block and North Block - the Indian state spreads its tentacles controlling the lives of more than 900 million Indians.