ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Attack on Constitution

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is full of fresh zeal for reforms after winning the vote on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail in Parliament. He has targeted opponents saying they are either ignorant of global realities or are constrained by an outdated ideology like socialism. The word “socialism” is mentioned in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. Further, the Directive Principles of the State in Part Four of the Constitution can be viewed as a guiding manifesto for political parties and governments to help establish social and economic equality at the earliest. So, while attacking his opponents, the prime minister is attacking the very fundamentals of the Constitution.

The prime minister, who has imposed neo-liberalism on the country by following the diktats of bodies like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organisation and multinational corporations (MNCs) should dare to propose a bill in Parliament to remove the word socialism from the Preamble and the Directive Principles from the Constitution. The Socialist Party also poses this challenge to political parties who supported FDI in retail in Parliament.

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