A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court challenging the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act 1976, by which the words "socialist" & "secular" were inserted in the Preamble of the Constitution on ground of being antithetical to Constitutional tenets as well as the historical and cultural theme of India.
The petition states that insertion of the words "socialist" and "secular" in the Preamble is illegal for violating the concept of freedom of Speech and Expression and the Right to Freedom of Religion under Articles 19(1)(a) and 25 respectively.
"...such amendment is also against the historical and cultural theme of the Great Republic of Bharat, the oldest civilisation of the world, having clear concept of "Dharma" different from the concept of religion and the communist theory of State cannot be applied in Indian context which has been a total failure and is not in tune with the religious sentiments and socioeconomic conditions of India"
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