Significance And Interpretation of the Preamble
Significance of the Preamble
The Supreme Court of India has given many historic decisions, which highlights the importance and utility of the Preamble. The Preamble serves three purposes: (i) it indicates the source from which the Constitution derives its authority; (ii) it states the objects that the Constitution seeks to establish and promote; and (iii) the date of its adoption. The nation turns to the various expressions contained in the Preamble for proper appreciation of the aims and aspirations embodied in the Constitution. It also aids the legal interpretation of the Constitution where the language is found to be ambiguous.
Interpretation of the Preamble
The Preamble may be invoked to determine the ambit of: (a) the Fundamental Rights; 2? and (b) the Directive Principles of State Policy. It may be pressed into service to interpret constitutional provisions, whereby, the Preamble declares India to be a jr sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic.