How many Times has the Preamble been Amended?

By Ritika Pant|Updated : August 5th, 2022

The Preamble was amended only once by the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act in 1976. The changes included the three terms, namely, Socialist, Secular, and Integrity. However, during an Emergency in India on 18 December 1976, the Government of Indira Gandhi implemented many alterations in the 42nd amendment of the constitution.

  • The Preamble was amended only once by the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act in 1976.
  • The changes included the three terms, namely, Socialist, Secular, and Integrity.
  • However, during an Emergency in India on 18 December 1976, the Government of Indira Gandhi implemented many alterations in the 42nd amendment of the constitution.
  • The nation's unity got changed to "unity and integrity of the nation".
  • The Preamble of the Indian Constitution was embraced on 26 November 1949 and came into effect on 26 January 1950 (announced as Republic Day of India).

42nd Constitutional Act - Preamble Amendment Objectives

The Preamble has been amended only one time during an emergency in India. India was declared a 'Ruler Democratic Republic' in the initial Preamble, adopted by the constituent assembly in 1949. Below are the five objectives of the Preamble:

  • Establishing justice.
  • Promoting the general welfare.
  • Creating a nation in which states work together in a nation.
  • Providing the common defence.
  • Ensuring domestic peace.
  • Secure the freedom and blessings.

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FAQs on How many Times has the Preamble been Amended?

  • The Indian constitution amended the Preamble only once in 1949, during an emergency under the rule of Indira Gandhi. The main aim of the Preamble was to provide justice, freedom, and equality to all the citizens of India.

  • Three terms got introduced while amending the constitution preamble. These were Socialist, Secular, and Integrity. The term "Socialist" means to provide all the citizens with welfare, "secular" means making the country no discrimination against people based on their religion, and creating a sense of unity among people with the term Integrity.

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