- Preamble is non-justiciablee. its provisions are not enforceable in court.
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- Preamble refers to introduction to the Constitution.
- It contains the summary or essence of the Constitution.
- It is based on the ‘Objectives Resolution’, drafted and moved by J.L. Nehru, and adopted by the Constituent Assembly.
- Preamble has been amended once by the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act (1976), adding three new words- Socialist, Secular and Integrity.
Text of the Preamble:
“We, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, Social, Economic and Political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all;
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION”.
Ingredients of The Preamble:
- Authority: Constitution derives its authority from the people of India.
- Nature of Indian State: Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic and Republic.
- Objectives:Justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.
- Date of adoption: November 26, 1949 is the date of adoption of constitution.
- Preamble is a part of the Indian Constitution.
- It is neither a source of power nor a prohibition upon the powers of legislature.
- It is non-justiciablee. its provisions are not enforceable in court.