A few days after changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced on Tuesday that Faizabad district will now be known as Ayodhya. The Chief Minister said in the pilgrimage located about 120 km from the state capital Lucknow, “Ayodhya is a symbol of our ‘Anan, Baan and Shan’.” Adityanath said, “No one can do injustice to Ayodhya.” He also said that Ayodhya was identified by Lord Rama. He said that there is a construction of a medical college which will be named after Dashrath. Also, the Yogi announced the name of the proposed airport in the name of the city, under the name of Srimada Purushottam Ram.
Politics and Religion should be separate and yet has certain positive interconnection so as to work for the welfare of its citizen. Unreasonable interference of either of them may be a primary cause of chaos following disturbance of the peaceful health of the state.
This is why President President Thomas Jefferson On January 1, 1802 wrote a letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, who had requested clarification about the meaning of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Jefferson described the Establishment Clause of First Amendment by writing
“Religious leaders and their followers should relish in this wall of separation, rather than trying to knock it down. Why? Because it is there not only to keep religion out of government, but to keep government out of religion.” This was how, the country from where we copied major part of Fundamental Right which is enshrined in part III of the Constitution of India managed to control unreasonable encroachment of state and religion for better health of its citizen.
Secularism in India means equal treatment of all religions by the state. With the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution of India enacted in 1976, the Preamble to the Constitution asserted that India is a secular nation. However, changing name of the cities in the name of religion and that too by mere announcement in religious event is against the preamble of the Constitution of India, thus unconstitutional.
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