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List of 80 Important Articles of the Constitution at a Glance

Feb 8, 2017

At present, Constitution of India comprises of 448 articles in 25 parts & 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 100 amendments. Originally our constitution had 395 articles in 22 parts and 8 schedules. It is observed that questions based on the Indian constitution are always asked in many competitive exams like UPSC/PSC/SSC/CDS etc. So to cater these exams we made a list of important articles in this topic.

List of Articles Related to Governor of the State

Feb 7, 2017

Articles from 153 to 167 in Part VI of the constitution deal with the state executive. The state executive consists of the Governor, the Chief Minister the Council of Ministers and the Advocate General of the State. The post of the Governor at the state level is like the President at the centre.

List of Articles Related to Supreme Court of India

Feb 7, 2017

The Supreme Court of India was inaugurated on January 28, 1950. It succeeded the Federal Court of India and established under the Government of India Act, 1935. Articles from 124 to 147 in Part V of the constitution deal with the organization, independence, jurisdiction, powers procedures of the Supreme Court. At present Supreme Court has 31 judges including the Chief Justice of India.

Which British Laws are still used in India

Feb 6, 2017

The British Governement made a number of legislations to run the country as per their convenience. The main obejctives behind all such legislations were to exploit the resources of India and to stop the rebellions from protesting against such open loot of resources. This article deals with some of such immoral and unethical legislations.

19 Laws and Rights must be known to every Indian

Feb 6, 2017

Indian Constitution has provided so many laws to the general public for the protection of their rights.  But unfortunately many people are not aware of them hence they face many difficulties in their day to day life. This article covered some basic laws like Motor Vehicle Act 1988, section -185 202, Criminal Procedure Code, Section 46 etc.

List of Articles Related To Parliament of India

Jan 27, 2017

The Parliament of India is comprises of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and President of India. Article 79 of the Indian constitution says that India will have a parliament for making laws to run the democratic set up of the country.

How much does one minute of a Parliament session cost?

Jan 19, 2017

Members of Parliament are representative of public to put their problems in front of the leaders of the country.  But recent disruption during winter session of the parliament caused the loss of Rs. 144 crore or Rs. 2.5 lakhs/minute to the exchequer. So this wastage of public money raised a serious question on the functioning of the parliament.

Difference between Public Bill and Private Bill

Dec 23, 2016

Bills introduced in the Parliament are of two kinds: public bills and private bills (also known as government bills and private members’ bills respectively). Though both are governed by the same general procedure and pass through the same stages in the House.

Difference between Council of Ministers and Cabinet

Nov 21, 2016

The parliamentary system in India taken from the British constitution. The council of ministers is lead by the prime minister, who is the real executive authority of the Indian political system. Article 74 of our constitution deals with the status of the council of ministers while article 75 deals with the appointment, tenure, responsibility, oath, qualification, allowances and salaries of the ministers.

Comparison between the National Emergency (352) and President’s Rule (356)

Nov 21, 2016

The emergency provisions are contained in part XVIII of the constitution, from articles 352 to 360. National Emergency is mentioned in the article 352 and president’s rule is mentioned in article 356 of the Indian constitution. National Emergency can be proclaimed only when country is threatened by war, external aggression or armed rebellion.

Interesting Facts about Supreme Court of India

Nov 1, 2016

Supreme Court is the apex court in India which came into existence on 26th January, 1950 and is located on Tilak Marg, New Delhi. It is a Constitutional body which is laid down in Part V of the Chapter V of the Constitution of India from Articles 124 to 147. It consists of Chief justice of India and 30 other Judges designated by the President of India and the retirement age of Supreme Court Judges is 65 years. Here are some interesting facts related to Supreme Court of India.

Why Uniform Civil Code is necessary for India?

Oct 21, 2016

Uniform Civil Code is defined in our Constitution under Article 44 which states that it is the duty of the state to secure for the citizens a Uniform Civil Code throughout the territory of India. As, Uniform Civil Code would put in place a set of laws to govern personal matters of all citizens irrespective of religion is perhaps the need of the hour and ensuring that their fundamental and Constitutional rights are protected.

35 Descriptive Questions & Answers on Indian Polity (Part II)

Oct 20, 2016

A bill is a draft legislative proposal before the house. It becomes an act only when passed by both the houses of parliament and assented to by the president. While the term `motion' in parliamentary parlance means any formal proposal made to the house by a member for the purpose of eliciting a decision of the house.

35 Descriptive Questions & Answers on Indian Polity (Part I)

Oct 20, 2016

Lok Sabha is composed of representatives of the people chosen by direct election on the basis of the adult suffrage. The maximum strength of the house envisaged by the constitution is 552, which is made up by election of up to 530 members to represent the states, up to 20 members to represent the union territories.

List of Articles Related to Centre-State Financial Relations at a Glance

Oct 18, 2016

To avoid confrontation of any kind, there is a clear cut division of financial relation between the centre and the state. The Union Parliament levies taxes on items mentioned in the union list while the state legislatures levy taxes on items mentioned in the state list. Articles 268 to 293 are related to centre-state financial relations.

List of All the Political Parties in India

Oct 18, 2016

India has very diverse multi party political system. There are three types of political parties in India i.e. National Parties (6), state recognized parties (48) and unrecognized parties (1706). All the political parties which wish to contest local, state or national elections are required to be registered by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Comparison between the PIO Card Holder and Overseas citizen of India (OCI)

Sep 30, 2016

The Constitution deals with the citizenship from Articles 5 to 11 under Part II. However, it contains neither any permanent nor any elaborate provisions in this regard. It only identifies the persons who became citizens of India at its commencement (i.e., on January 26, 1950).

List of Articles Related to Centre-State Relations at a Glance

Sep 29, 2016

Articles 245 to 255 in Part XI of the Constitution deal with the legislative relations between the Centre and the states. Centre and the states are supreme in their respective fields, the maximum harmony and coordination between them is essential for the effective operation of the federal system.

Unitary Features of the Indian Constitution

Sep 27, 2016

Unitary Features of constitution make a centralized government. It is a government in which all powers held by the government belong to a single, central agency. A unitary system is governed constitutionally as one single unit. All power is top down. A unitary state is a sovereign state governed as one single unit in which the central government is supreme.

Comparision b/w Federal and Unitary Governments

Sep 23, 2016

Unitary government is one in which all the powers are inherited in the national government and the regional governments (if at all exist), derive their authority from the national government. While a federal government is one in which powers are divided between the national government and the regional governments by the Constitution.

Federal Features of the Indian Constitution

Sep 22, 2016

A unitary government is one in which all the powers are vested in the national government and the regional governments. A federal government, on the other hand, is one in which powers are divided between the national government and the regional governments by the Constitution itself and both operate in their respective jurisdictions independently.

Comparing Parliamentary and Presidential Systems in India

Sep 21, 2016

The parliament of India provides a parliamentary system of government, at both centre and state level. Articles 74 & 75 deal with the parliamentary system at the centre and articles 163 & 164 in the states. President is the nominal executive while the prime minister is the real executive of the country.

What are the Types of Constitutional Amendment in India?

Sep 21, 2016

Article 368 in Part XX of the Indian Constitution deals with the powers of Parliament to amend the Constitution and its procedure. It states that the Parliament may, in exercise of its constituent power, add/remove an article, variation or repeal any provision of the Constitution. But not change can be done in the basic structure of the constitution.

Articles Related to Directive Principles of State Policy

Sep 21, 2016

Directive Principles of State Policy are enumerated in part IV of the constitution from article 36 to 51. The father of Indian constitution took these DPSPs from the constitution of Ireland. Dr Ambedkar called these principles as the “Novel Features” of the Indian constitution.

Fundamental Rights of Foreigners in India

Sep 19, 2016

Fundamental rights are enshrined in part III of the constitution from article 12 to 35. These rights are taken from the constitution of USA. These rights are provided to all the citizens of the country without any discrimination. These rights made the part III of the Indian constitution as the Magna-Carta of India

Difference between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles

Sep 15, 2016

Fundamental Rights are justifiable and enforceable rights while directive principles are non -justifiable and cannot override fundamental rights. Fundamental rights provide political rights whereas social and economic rights are provided through DPSP.

Meaning of Keywords used in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution

Sep 15, 2016

The American constitution was the first to begin with a preamble. The preamble refers to the introduction or preface to the constitution. The preamble of the constitution is based on the “objectives resolution”, drafted and moved by the Pandit Nehru, and adopted by the constituent assembly on 26 November 1949.

Indian Constitution: Parts, Schedules and Articles at a Glance

Sep 13, 2016

World's lengthiest written constitution had 395 articles in 22 parts and 8 schedules at the time of commencement. Now Constitution of India has 448 articles in 25 parts and 12 schedules. There are 101 amendments have been made in the Indian constitution uptp 2016.

PM Narendra Modi’s important Foreign Visits

Sep 12, 2016

Narendra Modi was born on September 17, 1950 in the town of Vadnagar, Gujarat in India. He joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 1987. In October 2001, he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Gujarat and finally in 2014, he was elected as the Prime Minister of India. Since 2014 till Sep 2016 approx he has visited 43 countries, covering six continents and 52 foreign trips. Details of his foreign trips are provided in this article.

What is the difference between Ordinary Bill and Money Bill?

Sep 12, 2016

Article 110 of the Indian constitution deals with the definition of money bill. A bill deemed to be money bill if it contains “only provisions dealing with imposition, abolition, remission, alteration or regulation of any tax”. An Ordinary Bill can be introduced in any of the Houses of Parliament while money bill can only be introduced in the Lok Sabha.

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