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Does the Shiv Sena's call for dropping the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the preamble to the Constitution of India betray a Hindutva agenda?

First it was the ghar wapsi, and then it was the omission of the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the preamble to the Constitution of India in a Republic day ad. While the government claims the two words were dropped erroneously, the Shiv Sena now wants to have them permamently deleted. It believes their exlusion would reflect the feelings of the people. Do you agree with the Shiv Sena or do you you think this is the latest in a string of developments designed to pursue a Hindutva agenda? Do share your views with us.

If you delwe a little deep the ideas of Secularism and Socialism run contrary to the idea of Democracy- as it is understood and practised in India- today.If the Majority of the majority community(Hindus) oppose being equated with the minorities, then as per current Democratic practce, we should stop being secular. Same goes for Socialism too. Though the idea is romanticised, when the middle class realises socialism doesn't stop at the rich but comes calling to their doorstep too, majority would not want to look at it. Again Democrtic principles (as practiced now) will indicate scrapping of Socialism. However principles of Democracy do not mean rule by majority but election of the ruler/s by the majority. Once elected and reposed faith in a person/party, the people should let them decide what is good for the nation as a whole, and not be constrained by partisan public opinions. However what we practice today is selective Democracy. Allowing partisan(majority) opinion to overrule good sense in some issues, and the vice-versa in others. Sticking to the principles of Secularism and Socialism, comes under the latter head.
Sunday 16th of October 2016 12:42:20 PM
Even before intelligentsia led by Dr BR Ambedkar drafted the Constitution of India and Constituent Assembly adopted it, we were secular and followed socialistic economy. Due to political ambitions and vote bank politics, 'socialist' and 'secular' were added later. Govt of India led by Rajiv Gandhi gave up socialistic economy whereas after inserting 'secular', Indira Gandhi followed communal politics to cultivate Muslims as vote bank. Late Deendyal Upadhyaya gave a call for ANTYODYAYA and went for socialistic economy which is being followed by Shri Narendra Modi. Communal people call themselves secular whereas capitalists and billionaires call themselves socialistic. These two terms were meaningless when inserted in the Constitution of India and have now become more irrelevant seeing the ground realities. Col SK Aggarwal, Retd Advocate Panchkula
Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 06:20:16 PM
the terms socialist and secular are like a guiding principle to Indian nation at large ,its a perceptional issue to common man how u pursue is important here.what we would get if those terms deleted or keep like that.this is the problem what we are facing from past years ..we are roaming into unnecessary issues ,why not siva sena give good suggestion to create employment or to alleviate poor .what is the use of creating such a fears among certain Indian minds.see the world scenario insecurity in the minds od minorities led to violence and we r very with our constitution and rights .the political people should take right issues which can help India as one nation.
Friday 30th of January 2015 03:31:53 PM
Good question. But why talk of ghar wapsi in the same breath? If Muslims and Christians are allowed to convert, so should Hindus. What kind of lop-sided secularism is this that allows minorities to proselytize but bars the majority? Having said that, the true spirit of Hinduism is found in its propensity to recognise that many rivers flow into the same sea. Let us all practice our respective religions freely without having anyone else tell us that our way of worshiping the same God is inferior, or that someone else's way is superior. I'd retain the word secular, definitely. Socialist? I don't think we are anywhere close, given the skewed manner in which the economy is developing. We seem to have lost focus of all inclusive development.
Thursday 29th of January 2015 10:44:40 AM