Alia Called out for Sharing Wrong Version of Constitution Preamble

Alia had posted a photo of the Preamble with the words, “Listen to the students” on Instagram.

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Actor Alia Bhatt.

Following the violence against students of Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, who were protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on 15 December, Alia Bhatt took to Instagram to post a photo of the Preamble of the Constitution of India, followed by the words, “Learn from the students.”

Alia Called out for Sharing Wrong Version of Constitution Preamble

Though her post was well-intentioned, many social media users have pointed out that Alia had shared an older version of the Preamble.

The Preamble to the Indian Constitution was altered by the Indira Gandhi-led government during the Emergency by way of the Forty-Second Amendment Act, 1976. Through this amendment, the phrase “sovereign democratic republic” was changed to “sovereign socialist secular democratic republic”, and “unity of the nation” was amended to “unity and integrity of the nation”.

Alia had also earlier retweeted comedian Vir Das’ tweet shortly after the CAA was passed that read: “’s the economy?” This was a reference to the current economic slowdown that India is experiencing.

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