The words “socialist” and “secular” were not included in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution when it was first written in 1950. The 42nd Amendment Act of 1976 amended the Preamble to include these words. Prior to this Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled in Keshavananda Bharti v. State of Kerala that the Preamble is a part of the Constitution that can be altered, but only if the basic element of the Preamble is preserved. One word that is spinning in and around everyone’s head since the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014 is ‘secular’.
Due to the presence of different religions within the country, India is sometimes referred to as a “melting pot of variety.” In view of this religious variety, independent India has declared secularism to be one of its core policies values, thus declaring itself a secular state by including the word secular in the Preamble. A secular state, according to D.E. Smith, is one that provides individual and corporate religious freedom, deals with the individual as a citizen regardless of religion, is not constitutionally related to a specific religion, and neither promotes nor interferes with it. Individuals are seen as citizens by the secular state, not as members of a particular religious group. Religion loses all meaning when it comes to establishing the parameters of citizenship; particular religious beliefs have no bearing on the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Article 25 of the Indian Constitution provides religious freedom to all citizens. It states that all Indian citizens, subject to public order, morals, health, and other provisions, have the same right to freedom of conscience and to freely profess, practice, and propagate religion. It further states that this article will not conflict with any existing law and will not preclude the state from enacting legislation relating to the regulation or restriction of any commercial, financial, political, or secular activity associated with religious practice. Providing social services and reforming the system. Opening of public Hindu religious institutions for people of all classes and sections of the Hindus.
In Tilkayat Shri Govindlalji Maharaj V. State of Rajasthan, the Supreme Court declared that the standard for determining what is an integral part of a religion is whether or not it is considered as integral by the religious community.
Thus, in terms of religion, India is the most diverse country on the planet. It does not have its own religion because it is a secular country, and every citizen has the freedom to choose, practice, spread, and even change their faith. These rights, however, are not absolute and are subject to certain limitations imposed by the constitution. In the name of religion, no one can do anything that is against public policy or causes any type of unrest or intolerance among the Indian people.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
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