A resolution that seeks the removal of the phrase "socialism" from the preamble of the Constitution is to be placed in Rajya Sabha on 20 March. The resolution argued that the word is "redundant" in the current scenario, and hence it should be dropped to create space for economic thinking without a particular thought.
♦ The preamble of the Indian Constitution has declared the country to be a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic.
♦ Socialism and secularism were not part of the preamble, which was adopted on 26 November 1949 by the Constituent Assembly.
♦ The terms socialist and secular were inserted in the preamble as part of the 42nd Constitution Amendment Act, 1976, which was passed during the Emergency. It was added to qualify the character of the Indian republic.
♦ Many groups demand to restore the original preamble.
♦ It is said that in the socio-economic developmental context, socialism is completely a redundant.