The Modi government dismissed the criticism. “Sense of proportion and perspective. Beauty is known to be located in the eyes of the beholder. The same goes for calm and anger,” replied Hardeep Singh Puri.
Sunil Deora, one of the two sculptors who designed the new statue, said the perceived difference in the behavior of the lions is due to the scale of the new structure, The Indian Express reported.
According to a report by NDTV, Sunil admitted that there might be minor changes, mainly due to the damage in the original, “The maximum, 99%, is consistent with the Ashokan symbol. The photo is out of zoom. The part lower the angle changes the expression”.
“As an artist, we conducted research by going to the museum. We only enlarged the original, which is 2.5 feet. In such cases, everything is enlarged. You have to think about it. And this sculpture, we will see it from the parliament, at least 100 meters away, so we had to focus on the details, so that they look the same even from a distance”, he added.
“As we said, you’re going to be seeing it from a very, very great distance. So that’s all been kept in mind and as such there’s no deviation in the room that you see….At eye level, the outline will match the emblem,” added his colleague Romel Moses.
When asked what they will say to people who say this is a deliberate attempt to make the lions look angry, Moses said: “This is a message of peace given by a very powerful figure, it “is a lion. A message of peace can never be given in anger.”
But the fact remains that the national emblem lion on the new parliament building displays bare fangs, which is a major distortion from the original. The sculptors didn’t seem to have a convincing answer to this change in their conversation with NDTV.