Can the preamble be amended keeping the date intact, asks SC.

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Polity

Topic: Preamble

Issue: Amendment of Preamble.

Context: A bench of Justices asked a former Rajya Sabha MP who has sought the deletion of the words “Socialist” and “Secular” from the preamble of the Constitution.

  • The Preamble was amended once in December 1976 to introduce the words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’.
  • The amendment was made through the 42nd Constitutional Amendment during the Emergency, replacing the phrase “unity of the nation” with “unity and integrity of the nation.”

+1 Advantage for Mains:

Relevant Judgements:

  • Berubari Union Case (1960): Supreme Court ruled Preamble not part of Constitution, thus unamendable.
  • Kesavananda Bharati Case (1973): SC clarified Preamble is part of Constitution, amendable if basic structure preserved.
  • Union Govt Vs LIC of India Case (1995): SC reiterated Preamble integral but not directly enforceable.
  • 2021: Former Minister KJ Alphons introduced bill to amend Preamble, suggesting ongoing debate over its amendment.



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