Home Media Did the government really "remove" Secularism and Socialism from Indian Constitution?

Did the government really “remove” Secularism and Socialism from Indian Constitution?

If we are to believe some “intellectuals”, “journalists” and members of the MSM, the BJP led Government of India has found a unique method of “amending” the constitution: Simply “remove” or “photoshop” pictures of the preamble of the constitution:

From a CPI(ML) leader:

From a Times of India Journalist:

- Ad - - article resumes -

From a Stand-Up Comedian:

Reddit Tweet, Retweeted by Journalist Kunal Majumder

Even a news article by The Indian Express carried a report on this. According to this piece, even Congress Leader Manish Tewari believed the Indian Government had “removed” the words “Secular and Socialist republic” from the constitution, in the Advertisement that it had released.

The truth however, is something different.

The image used by the Government, in the advertisement is in fact of the Original, Un-Amended, Un-Edited preamble to the constitution. A copy of the same is easily available online.

The words “secular” and “socialist” were inserted into the preamble of the constitution through the 42nd amendment during the Emergency. In fact, this act of amendment was one of the black periods of our democracy and an attack on the spirit of the constitution.

However, our armchair activists are calling this advertisement an attack on the spirit of the constitution when the real crime was committed by Indira Gandhi during the Emergency.

This advertisement doesn’t amend the constitution. The only intention of the Government in using this original picture in the advertisement was most probably to highlight the original untampered document, and not its content. It is like showcasing a piece of history.

But our over-enthusiastic journalists were quick to use this half-cooked knowledge to claim that the Modi Government willfully and mischievously altered the image. In fact, it’s them, who want the image to be altered, thanks to their paranoia.

The image, which is barely used in the background of the advertisement, basically celebrates an old copy of the constitution’s preamble. It is like showcasing a historical souvenir.

Tomorrow if a government advertisement carries an old newspaper clipping that shows Goa not a part of India (as was the case till 1961), will these people start outraging and demanding that the map in old paper clipping be “amended”?

Let us be clear – if the government issues a written text that deliberately removes the words “socialist” (we at OpIndia.com believe it was a tragedy to add this term) and “secular”, it indeed should be a cause for concern, but it is silly to outrage at a picture that shows an old copy, which celebrates our constitutional heritage.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

Strange rumours are coming out of Kashmir. Shah Faesal, supposedly, is Doval's stooge.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

NDTV’s Interim CEO Suparna Singh resigns with immediate effect

NDTV interim CEO Suparna Singh, whose appointment as CEO was not approved by I&B ministry, has stepped down
Hartosh Singh Bal resorts to factually incorrect details to target Amit Shah

Fact-Check: Unlike Chidambaram who tried to escape from law, Amit Shah resolutely faced trial and was acquitted

Hartosh Singh Bal equated P Chidambaram's disgraceful escape with Amit Shah's tenacity to face the law

P Chidambaram finally arrested by CBI after officers scale wall of his residence as the gates were locked

Chidambaram arrested from his residence after he addressed a press conference at Congress office

Political Editor of The Hindu condones violence by Congress workers who beat up a man who shouted ‘Chidambaram Chor Hai’

Congress worker beats up a man for shouting 'Chidambaram Chor Hai', The Hindu Political Editor Nistula Hebbar shows excitement at the unruly behaviour.

Is Shah Faesal Ajit Doval’s asset? Unlikely, Swati Chaturvedi may be unwittingly helping the central government

Strange rumours are coming out of Kashmir. Shah Faesal, supposedly, is Doval's stooge.

‘Liberal’ hearts bleed as CBI arrests Congress leader Chidambaram after court calls him “kingpin of crime”

Within a few minutes of Chidambaram's arrest, the liberal heart bled for their fallen hero, who once had once co-opted the very same intelligentsia, media and other opinion-makers.

If Congress can’t claim political martyrdom today, the Modi government has only P Chidambaram to thank

After being missing for almost an entire day post the Supreme Court rejecting immediate relief from arrest in the INX media scam case, P Chidambaram went missing.

Read about the P Chidambaram link in the new FIR filed against NDTV by the CBI

It appears that the INX Media case, the new FIR against NDTV and arrest of P Chidambaram are all interconnected.

India Today’s opinion website DailyO folds, shuts down operations, sacks editorial staff

India Today flagship DailyO seems to have folded its operations and sacked its Editorial Staff

Here is why Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy were stopped at the airport and were not allowed to leave the country

Radhika and Prannoy Roy of NDTV have said that they were not allowed to leave the country because of a concocted ICICI loan case. Read about that case in details
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

181,213FansLike
172,389FollowersFollow
90,593SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post