Each for All and All for Each

O. Chinnappa Reddy

in The Court and the Constitution of India

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066286
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081462 | DOI:
Each for All and All for Each

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The word ‘socialism’ was introduced into the preamble to the Indian Constitution by the Forty-Second Amendment along with ‘secularism’. Indian socialism is about what the Constitution of India wants to have for the people of India, the establishment of a welfare state. The Constitution makers were aware that mere adherence to an abstract democratic ideal was not enough and that it was necessary to secure to the people economic and social freedom in addition to political freedom. Though the word ‘socialist’ was introduced into the Preamble by a late amendment of the Constitution, that socialism has always been the goal is evident from the Directive Principles of State Policy and some of the fundamental rights. The word ‘socialism’ hardly figures in judgments of the Supreme Court, but in a number of cases had occasion to consider the question of equal pay for equal work, the nationalization of the means of production as well as the goods produced, and land reform.

Keywords: India; socialism; Constitution; Supreme Court; welfare state; freedom; Directive Principles of State Policy; equal pay for equal work; means of production; land reform

Chapter.  4771 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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