A BJP member of the Rajya Sabha, Rakesh Sinha will move a resolution in the House on Friday, seeking the removal of the phrase “socialism” from the preamble of the Constitution, arguing that the word is “redundant” in the current arena, and that the word should be dropped to create space for “economic thinking without a particular thought”, a report in The Indian Express stated.
Sinha has given a notice, seeking the Chairman’s permission to move the resolution to drop the word “socialist” on Friday during the time allotted for Private Members’ Bill, and his notice was admitted on Wednesday.
According to the report in The Indian Express, copy of every resolution which has been passed by the House is forwarded to the minister concerned and the minister can bring a law in the same line.
“Socialist” and “Secular” words had been inserted in the preamble later, to qualify the character of the Indian republic.
“There could be many views on the word secularism. Some may feel that it is still required, although the secular character is entrenched in our culture, civilisation and in the deeds. But in the present socio-economic developmental context, socialism is completely a redundant word,” Sinha told The Indian Express.
“You cannot tie a generation to a particular way of thinking. Besides, the Congress party which ruled the country for seven decades has changed its direction from being socialist to welfare to neo-liberalism. Its new liberal policies adopted in the 1990s have negated its own earlier positions.”