Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Pankaj Mithal recently said that the amendment to the Indian Constitution by adding the word “secular” to the Preamble of the Constitution narrowed the country’s elaborate form of spirituality, and reduced it to religion..The Chief Justice was speaking at the Constitution Day celebrations held by the Adhivakta Parishad of the two union territories..He observed that the addition of the words “socialist and secular” to the Preamble did not make much difference, since India always was, and still remains, a secular country. CJ Mithal added that India is capable of protecting and safeguarding citizens belonging to all strata of society, therefore, its socialist nature was also inherent.“India was ruled by innumerable rulers, Pallavas, Chalukyas, Mauryas, Guptas, Kushans, later Mughals and Britishers as well, but in no period, was India defined on the basis of religion. India was never a Muslim country, Christian country or Hindu country. Why? Because in every period it was believed that India is beyond being religious or a devbhoomi.”.Justice Mithal opined that India was never defined by religion as it was always believed that India was a spiritual country, noting that even today, people come here in search of spirituality. He emphasised his belief that adding the word “secular” to the Preamble was a very narrow-minded approach and that India’s name should, in fact, have been “The Spiritual Republic of India.”.The Chief Justice concluded his speech by echoing Dr BR Ambedkar’s views that a Constitution is only as good as those implementing it.“No matter how good our Constitution may be, Dr. Ambedkar also said, if the Constitution is good and those implementing are good- everything will be well, but if those following it are not running it with the right intention, the best Constitution will also be rendered waste. And the most valueless constitution, can be made good if those running it work with good intentions and objectives.”.Watch the speech here.