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Preamble to the

Indian Constitution

The Preamble to the Constitution of India presents the principles of the Constitution and indicates the sources of its authority. The Preamble is based on the Objectives Resolution, which was moved in the Constituent Assembly by Jawaharlal Nehru on 13 December 1946 accepted on 22 January 1947 and adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, coming into force on 26 January 1950.

According to the Govt. order No. SWD69 PKV2023 Bengaluru Dt. 30/06/2023, The Government of Karnataka has ordered to read The Preamble of the Constitution in school / college assemblies and to take pledge to adhere to the principles enshrined in The Preamble of the Constitution in their work and life.

Objectives of reading The Preamble of the Constitution in schools / colleges

1. Civic Education: It helps students understand the fundamental principles and values on which their nation is built. This includes concepts like justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity, which are outlined in The Preamble.

2. Patriotism: It fosters a sense of patriotism and attachment to one’s country by reminding students of the ideals that the nation aspires to uphold.

3. Awareness of Rights and Duties: It educates students about their rights as citizens and the responsibilities that come with those rights. This can promote active and responsible citizenship.

4. Unity and Inclusivity: The Preamble often emphasizes the unity and diversity of a nation. Reading it during a school prayer can help instill a sense of unity and inclusivity among students from diverse backgrounds.

5. Respect for the Constitution: It instills respect for the nation’s constitution as the supreme law of the land and the foundation of the legal and political system.

6. Historical Significance: It provides historical context, allowing students to appreciate the struggles and aspirations of the nation’s founders in shaping its destiny.

7. Values and Morality: The Preamble promotes values such as justice, liberty, and fraternity, which can be seen as moral ideals. Reading it can help instill these values in students.

8. Symbolic Gesture: Incorporating The Preamble into school prayer serves as a symbolic and ceremonial act, reinforcing the importance of these principles in daily life.

Overall, reading The Preamble in school prayer is a way to integrate civic education, patriotism, and the promotion of democratic values into the educational experience of students, helping to prepare them to be informed and responsible citizens.