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  • Government not to remove 'secular', 'socialist' words from Constitution 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Opposition on Tuesday raised a hue and cry over a Union minister's call for a debate on the words 'secular and socialist' in the preamble of the Constitution but government ruled out any proposal to remove these words. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Jyotiraditya Scindia also sought...
  • 'Socialist', 'Secular' should not be removed from Constitution: CPI January 31, 2015

    Hyderabad: Noting that secularism reflected the "character" of India, Communist Party of India national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy on Saturday decried what he termed were attempts to drop the word "secular" from the Preamble of the Constitution and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi come clear on the issue....
  • India @ 9 with Zakka Jacob January 28, 2015

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  • News 360: Shiv Sena drops a political bomb, says drop 'secularism' from preamble January 28, 2015

    The Bharatiya Janata Party led government at the Centre is facing yet another controversy after its ally Shiv Sena said it wants the words 'socialist' and 'secular' removed from the Preamble of the Constitution of India. ...
  • Shiv Sena wants 'secular' & 'socialist' dropped from the constitution: Reactions from across the country January 28, 2015

    The Bharatiya Janata Party led government at the Centre is facing yet another controversy after its ally Shiv Sena said it wants the words 'socialist' and 'secular' removed from the Preamble of the Constitution of India. CNN-IBN asks whether Shiv Sena is playing with fire. ...
  • Shiv Sena vs Secularism: Are politicians playing with fire? January 28, 2015

    The Bharatiya Janata Party led government at the Centre is facing yet another controversy after its ally Shiv Sena said that they welcome the removal of the words 'socialist' and 'secular' from the Constitution. ...
  • Words 'secular' ,'socialist' must be removed from Constitution, India belongs to Hindus, says Shiv Sena January 28, 2015

    Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party led government at the Centre is facing yet another controversy after its ally Shiv Sena said it wants the words 'socialist' and 'secular' removed from the Preamble of the Constitution of India. "Removing the words socialist and secular is not controversy but the feeling of crores...
  • BJP promoting 'Hindu Nation', says Congress January 20, 2015

    Shillong: Congress on Tuesday alleged that the BJP led NDA government was trying to make the country a 'Hindu nation' subverting the Constitution. "Secularism is the key word in the Constitution but the BJP led government at the Centre is trying to totally subvert it by using the hardline Hindu...
  • 'Amitabh ad film': Congress takes potshots at BJP government December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday took potshots at the BJP government following reports that actor Amitabh Bachchan is being roped in for an ad film to stress the need to rise above religion and caste for inclusive development. It's like 'kauwa chala hans ki chaal' (It is crow trying to imitate...
  • CPM's youth wing launches matrimonial website to promote 'secular' marriages December 18, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M's youth wing, Democratic Youth Federation of India, has launched a matrimonial website exclusively to promote 'secular' marriages. The website, "www.secularmarriage.com," will function as a unique platform for liberal-minded people to find their partners irrespective of caste, creed and religion, DYFI sources said. The site, launched by celebrity couple--director Ashiq Abu...
  • No India without secularism, says Sonia Gandhi November 17, 2014

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said that India can not exist without secularism. She also said, "Secularism was an article of faith for Jawaharlal Nehru." ...
  • Secularism a compelling necessity for country: Sonia Gandhi November 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Seeking to reassert Jawaharlal Nehru's legacy, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said secularism is a compelling necessity for a country as diverse as India. She also said that there can be no India without secularism and it remains more than an ideal. Addressing an international conference on the 125th...
  • Modi's 'secular friends' jibe 'shocking, unbecoming': Congress September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his dig at "secular friends" saying that the comments made on foreign soil were "shocking and ungracious" and had made India a "laughing stock" in Japan. "Shocking and unbecoming of a Prime Minister to mock secularism on foreign...
  • RSS's Hindutva claim a challenge to secular India: CPM August 20, 2014

    Chennai: The claim of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva its identity is a "challenge" to the concept of secular India, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said on Wednesday. "RSS head Mohan Bhagwat has repeated his claim time and again. It is a basic...
  • How Bollywood continues to live by its secular ethics August 2, 2014

    From a Muslim hero Yusuf Khan (Dilip Kumar) singing Hindu devotional songs, written by renowned lyricists Shakeel Badayuni, and composed by music by Naushad Ali, to actors choosing life partners irrespective of their religious backgrounds to Shah Rukh Khan calling his son AbRam, Bollywood has invariably presented the true and...
  • Advani welcomes Antony's 'honest soul searching' on Congress minority policy June 29, 2014

    Surajkund: BJP on Sunday welcomed the public admission of senior Congress leader AK Antony that his party's secularism is slanted in favour of minorities, calling it "honest soul searching" and said its position on the issue stood vindicated. BJP veteran LK Advani, who expressed this view while addressing the firsttime party...
  • Congress has always been committed to minorities: Rashid Alvi June 28, 2014

    Senior Congress leader AK Antony questioned party's leadership in Kerala for appeasing minorities for political gains. He said that the voters are worried whether the Congress can actually deliver social justice and equality when it indulges in minority appeasement. Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Antony's statement said "I haven't heard...
  • Congress leader Antony questions party's minority appeasement stand June 28, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader AK Antony has hit out at the party leadership in Kerala for appeasing minorities for political gains. He said that the voters are worried whether the Congress can actually deliver social justice and equality when it indulges in minority appeasement. He added that such an image...
  • Laptop distribution biggest socialist and secular scheme launched: Akhilesh Yadav June 26, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the ambitious laptop distribution scheme of his government was the "biggest secular and socialist scheme" in the state as it was implemented among the masses without any disparity. Replying to the debate on budget for 20142015 fiscal year which was presented in...
  • Secular parties should join hands and elect Mamata as leader: Congress May 15, 2014

    On the eve of the Lok Sabha election results, Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Thursday suggested that all regional secular parties should come together and elect West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the leader to keep BJP out of power. Admitting that it may be difficult for Congress to form...
  • Muslims have nothing to fear from Modi, says Arun Shourie May 6, 2014

    Former National Democratic Alliance minister Arun Shourie has said Muslim fears about BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are being deliberately stoked by some people. Speaking to CNNIBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, Shourie said that secularism has become a word which is being used by parties for political gains. ...
  • Muslim fears about Modi being stoked deliberately: Arun Shourie May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Former National Democratic Alliance minister Arun Shourie has said Muslim fears about BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are being deliberately stoked by some people. Speaking to CNNIBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, Shourie said that secularism has become a word which is being used by parties for political...
  • Congress will play 'secularism' card to halt Narendra Modi march: BJP May 5, 2014

    Hyderabad: BJP on Monday alleged that Congress will use "trick of secularism in danger" to prevent Narendra Modi from becoming the prime minister and appealed to voters in Seemandhra to support NDA to ensure that a hotchpotch coalition does not take over the reins in Delhi. "Congress will try its best...
  • WB: Mamata plays the secularism card against Modi with an eye on Muslim votes May 5, 2014

    Kolkata: A war of words has broken out between West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi ahead of the next phase of elections in West Bengal with the crucial Muslim vote at stake. "I demand...
  • Never claimed I will make India a paradise: Modi April 27, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Accusing Congress of "trying to hide in the bunker of secularism", Narendra Modi on Sunday said that it was fighting for its survival with even a 100seat mark in the new Lok Sabha appearing "an uphill task for it". Reacting sharply to Congress President Sonia Gandhi's accusation that his election...
  • Shazia Ilmi defends her comments on Muslims, calls it sarcastic April 23, 2014

    New Delhi: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi has clarified that she was only speaking "sarcastically" when she asked a group of Muslim leaders to turn "communal". A video showing Ilmi exhorting some Muslim leaders to stop being secular went viral on social networking websites on Tuesday. In the video, Ilmi, the AAP...
  • Sonia Gandhi calls BJP, RSS danger to secularism April 16, 2014

    Addressing her first rally in Telangana after the Statehood Bill was passed, Congress President Sonia Gandhi hit out at the BJP and RSS calling them a danger to secularism. Sonia said, "Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives to save the secular values of the country and today the...
  • Congress alone could ensure unity of the country and protect values of secularism, says Mahesh Bhatt April 14, 2014

    Noted film-maker Mahesh Bhatt on Monday batted for the Congress saying it alone could ensure unity of the country and protect values of secularism. In a telephonic interview to IANS, he stressed on secularism as a key ingredient to keep the country united and strong. "Only the Congress can ensure unity...
  • MPs rating: Deve Gowda scored 6.15 out of 10 in performance April 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister and Janta Dal Secular Chief HD Deve gowda is a five-time sitting MP from Hassan, Karnataka. He scored 6.15 on a scale of 10 in a survey conducted by CNN-IBN and ADR that rates our parliamentarians' performance. He scored 6.5 on 10 on the parameters of...
  • LS polls: Rahul Gandhi to campaign for Nandan Nilekani in Bangalore April 7, 2014

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will campaign on Monday for party candidates Nandan Nilekani, Rizwan Arshad and C Narayanaswamy contesting from the three Lok Sabha seats in Bangalore. "Gandhi will address a huge public meeting Monday evening in the National College grounds at Basavangudi, a part of the Bangalore South constituency,...