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Removing word ‘secular’ from preamble of Constitution does not alter secular character of Constitution: Justice KM Joseph

Referring to Articles 14 (Equality before the law), 15 (Prohibition of discrimination), 16 (Equality of opportunity), and 21 (Right to life) of the Constitution, Justice Joseph said that the Constitution inherently upholds secular values.

He emphasized that merely removing the word “secular” from the preamble would not affect the equality guaranteed under these articles.

“If you remove the word secular from the preamble does it mean that suddenly equality under these Articles will cease to exist? No,” he said.

You cannot eliminate secularism just by dipping your hand in the preamble and kicking that one word out, he underscored.

Source: Barandbench

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