Preamble of Indian Constitution
The Preamble is the first thing you encounter while getting introduced to the Indian Constitution.
So before getting started with the Indian Constitution, let’s have a brief discussion over Preamble.
The Preamble is nothing but the introduction of the Constitution. It signifies the philosophy of the Constitution. That is the reason why the central ideals and aspirations of our Constitution are enshrined in Preamble.
The idea of the introduction of the Preamble was initiated in the US. US constitution was the first to have the Preamble.
As is the case of the Constitution, so is the case of Preamble. It has lots of nitty-gritty involved with it.
As already stated Preamble has crucial ideals and aspirations of India; thus, it can be used as an aid by the judiciary to interpret the Articles mentioned under different parts of our Constitution.
But this point makes more ambiguity about the status of the Preamble.
So let’s clarify these ambiguities one by one.
- Enforceability:- Although Preamble is an introduction to Constitution, it is not enforceable in the country’s court.
- Providing Rights:- Preamble does not guarantee any right to citizens.
- Part of Basic Structure Doctrine:- Although Preamble includes words associated with basic Structure Doctrine, but Preamble itself is not part of Basic Structure Doctrine.
- Amendment:- Preamble can be amended. For instance, a word such as Socialist, Secular, and Integrity were added by 42nd amendment act in 1976.
- Procedure for amendment:- Preamble can be amended by invoking article 368 of the Constitution.
If you want to have more clarity on these concepts, you can follow the video given below.