Why secularism and socialism are integral to the Indian Constitution5 min read . Updated: 02 Feb 2015, 02:30 PM IST
Secular and socialist were added to reassure the nation that minorities would be safe and the moneyed class would not dominate the economy
The words secular and socialist were introduced in the Indian Constitution during the Emergency by Indira Gandhi’s government, which had questionable legitimacy and was keen to prove that it was true to the spirit of the Constitution, even when its conduct was undermining the protections for civil liberties that were enshrined in the same Constitution. It was that government’s attorney general, Niren De, who had argued before the Supreme Court that the right to life is qualified during an Emergency. The words secular and socialist were added to reassure the nation that minorities would be safe and the moneyed class would not dominate the economy.
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