Abolition of Titles - Article 18
The Constitution of India's Part III (Fundamental Rights), which addresses the abolition of titles, provides the following four provisions in this regard:
- The State does not award any title that is not a military or academic honor.
- No citizen of India shall accept any degree from any foreign state.
- No person who is not a citizen of India shall, while holding any office of profit or trust under the State, always accept, with the consent of the President, any title from any foreign State.
- Without the President's approval, no one holding a state post of profit or trust may take a gift, compensation, or office of any kind from a foreign state or exchange for that State's freedom.
Cancellation of titles - Meaning:
- Removing the title serves to preserve social equality, and equality helps to prevent harmful generalization.
- If people are given titles, there will be insecurity among the general public, which will not lead to developing strong interpersonal relationships.
- It would threaten the peace and unity of society. Nationalists unanimously decided to abolish the titles to preserve the purpose of democracy.
- Being mentioned in Part 3 of the Constitution of India as an extension of the right to equality, it does not guarantee the fundamental right.
- The granting of titles violates the principle of equality guaranteed by Article 14.
Which article refers to the abolition of titles?
Article 18 was introduced for abolition and democracy since titles, and titular glories shouldn't be formed. There is no room for a few people who hold titles, causing fictitious inequalities between members of an equal society in creating a community that wants to achieve political, social, and economic equality and, therefore, strives to become democratic.