Essay

Constitution and secularism

Print edition : January 22, 2016

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in the Lok Sabha, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next to him, on November 26. Photo: PTI

Left Members of Parliament Sitaram Yechury (centre), D. Raja (left) and G. Devarajan at a rally demanding an end to the attacks on minorities and Dalits, in New Delhi on December 6. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

The 42nd Amendment made formal the Constitution’s basic commitment to the idea of a secular state—quite contrary to the BJP position that the amendment incorporated the idea in the Preamble.
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