Delete the words Secularism and Socialism from the Preamble of the Constitution

Senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s petition in the Supreme Court

Senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi – Former BJP MP and senior leader Dr Subramanian Swamy filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to demand the words Secularism and Socialism from the Preamble of the Constitution. The hearing will be on 23rd September. Challenging the rationality of the words the petition said former PM Indira Gandhi added these two words to the Preamble through the 42nd Amendment in 1976 during the Emergency.

1. Dr Swamy citing the Kesavananda Bharati case said in the petition that the Preamble is a part of the basic structure of the Constitution, and the Government has no right to change it.

2. Earlier, advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain had filed a petition in July 2020 with the same demand. Secularism and socialism are political ideas and are being imposed on citizens. These views are contrary to the historical and cultural views of India. It is also illegal in terms of violation of the right to freedom of expression under Article 19(1) (a) and freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution, he said.

Editorial Viewpoint

Why do you have to make such a demand ? The patriots and devout Hindus feel that the Central Government should be proactive and delete these words on its own.

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