POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 27, 2015 AT 18:41 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 27, 2015 18:41 IST

An advertisement released by the Information and Broadcasting ministry on January 26 2015, has caused a controversy as the image of the preamble in the ad's background is seen without the words 'secular' and 'socialist'.

Congress leader and former Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari attacked the Centre on the issue, claiming the government advertisement "deleted" the two words, which was only a prelude to their "substitution" with "communal" and "corporate".

Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore, however, was quick to dismiss the charge, saying his ministry had only used an "original" picture of the Preamble as it appeared before the Amendment, to "honour" the first Preamble.

The Union Minister also claimed that the same picture had been used in an advertisement by the I&B Ministry in April 2014. Tewari had helmed the ministry at that time.

"Let me assure you, we are celebrating the 66th Republic Day, that is, we are celebrating an anniversary of the Preamble that was made way back then. The photograph that we have put is of the first Preamble that our great leaders had made at that point of time," Rathore said.

"Are we to say that the governments before 1976 were not secular? That's not the point. We were secular we will always be secular. We are honouring the first Preamble, hence this picture for the advertisement," Rathore said.

Twitterati have reacted to the ad, mostly expressing displeasure with the government:

 

 

While some have explained how the original preamble actually did not include these words and that 'secular', 'socialist' and 'integrity' were added to the Preamble in 1976 by the then government:

Meanwhile, indiaresists.com has launched an online petition condemning the 'mischievious government ad', urging social media users to protest against the ad. The petition says:

At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf

"At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable."

 

(With inputs from PTI)

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