‘Removal of Words ‘Secular’ and ‘Socialist’ from India’s Constitution in English Discovered’
NEW DELHI: The government led by Narendra Modi in India is reportedly planning to transform the country into a Hindu polity, raising concerns among many.
According to reports, the words “secular” and “socialist” seem to have been intentionally omitted from the preamble of the Indian Constitution.
During the inaugural session of the new parliament, members were provided with copies of the Constitution in which the terms “secularism” and “socialist” were found to be missing from the preamble.
India has been officially declared a socialist and secular state in its Constitution. However, the Modi government has evidently chosen not to include the words “socialist” and “secular” in the recently published version of the Constitution.
The omission of these words from the Constitution has raised concerns among opposition leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and others, who find it deeply troubling.
The Preamble, which outlines the philosophy and objectives of the Constitution, was adopted on November 26, 1949, by the Constituent Assembly.
Similar to the Constitution itself, the Preamble can be amended. In the past, it was amended only once during the 1976 Emergency under the leadership of Indira Gandhi.
Upon entering the new parliament building, lawmakers received copies of the Constitution as gifts from the government.
Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress party, pointed out that the words “socialist and secular” were missing from the Preamble.
The Nationalist Congress Party, headed by Sharad Pawar, accused the BJP of displaying a biased mindset by deliberately removing the words “socialist” and “secular”.