By Muslim Mirror Staff
During the inauguration of the new Parliament building, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, expressed his concerns over the omission of the words ‘socialist secular’ from the Preamble of the Constitution copies distributed to politicians on September 19, 2023.
Addressing the issue, Chowdhury stated, “The new copies of the Constitution that were given to us today (19th September), the one we held in our hands and entered (the new Parliament building), its Preamble doesn’t have the words ‘socialist secular.’ We know that the words were added after an amendment in 1976, but if someone gives us the Constitution today and it doesn’t have those words, it is a matter of concern.”
He further expressed suspicion about the intentions behind this omission, remarking, “Their intention is suspicious. It has been done cleverly. It is a matter of concern for me.” Chowdhury revealed that he attempted to raise this issue but did not get an opportunity to do so.
During his address in the Lok Sabha on the second day of the five-day special session at the new Parliament complex, Chowdhury emphasized the unity between ‘India’ and ‘Bharat,’ asserting that there is no distinction between the two according to the Indian Constitution.
“This Constitution is no less than the Gita, Quran, and Bible for us. Article 1 says, ‘India, that is, Bharat, shall be a Union of States…’ It means that there is no difference between India and Bharat. It will be better if nobody tries to unnecessarily create a rift between the two,” he stated.
The controversy surrounding the nomenclature of ‘India’ and ‘Bharat’ gained momentum after an invitation for the G20 dinner was issued in the name of the “President of ‘Bharat'” rather than India. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan shared the G20 dinner invite on social media, where Droupadi Murmu was described as the ‘President of Bharat.’