How many times has the Preamble been Amended?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Preamble was amended only once by the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act in 1976. The changes included three terms, namely socialist, secular, and integrity. However, during an emergency in India on 18 December 1976, Indira Gandhi’s government implemented several changes in the 42nd Amendment to the Constitution. The nation’s unity got changed to “unity and integrity of the nation”.

Amendment of the Preamble

The Preamble has been amended only once during the Emergency in India. It was adopted on 26 November 1949 and it came into force on 26 January 1950 (declared as the Republic Day of India). In 1949, India was declared a ‘ruling democratic republic’ in the initial preamble adopted by the Constituent Assembly.

Read: 42 Amendment of Indian Constitution

The five objectives of the Preamble are given below:

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

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