Happy Constitution Day of India 2022: Check Important Features of the Indian Constitution For UPSC

Constitution Day of India 2022 is observed on November 26. It was the day the Constitution was adopted in the year 1949 by the Constituent Assembly. Let us know about the Constitution in detail here.
Indian Constitution Day
Indian Constitution Day

On November 26 every year, Constitution Day is observed across the country. This is the day Constituent Assembly adopted the Indian Constitution in the year 1949. The Constitution of India was framed by the Constituent Assembly and was enforced on January 26, 1950. The constitution is a document that guides the way to all the institutions of a country. All the other laws and customs of the country must conform to them in order to be valid.

The Indian Constitution was enforced on January 26, 1950, which contained 395 Articles, 8 schedules, and 22 parts. At present, it contains 448 articles, 25 parts, and 12 schedules.

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Constitution of India: Borrowed Features

Following are the features of the Constitution borrowed from different countries:

From U.K.
Nominal Head – President (like Queen)
Cabinet System of Ministers
Post of PM
Parliamentary Type of Govt.
Bicameral Parliament
Lower House more powerful
Council of Ministers responsible to Lower House
Speaker in Lok Sabha
From U.S.
Written Constitution
Executive head of state known as President and his being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
Vice-President as the ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha
Fundamental Rights
Supreme Court
Provision of States
Independence of Judiciary and judicial review
Removal of Supreme Court and High Court Judges
Fundamental Duties
Five year Plan
Concurrent list
Language of the preamble
•Laws on which the Supreme Court functions
•Suspension of Fundamental Rights during the emergency
•Scheme of federation with a strong centre
•Distribution of powers between centre and the states 
•And placing residuary powers with the centre
•Concept of Directive Principles of States Policy (Ireland borrowed it from SPAIN)
•Method of election of President
•Nomination of members in the Rajya Sabha by the President

Features borrowed From the United Kingdom;

• Nominal Head – President (like Queen)

• Cabinet System of Ministers

• Post of PM

• Parliamentary Type of Govt.

• Bicameral Parliament

• Lower House is more powerful

• Council of Ministers responsible to Lower House

• Speaker in Lok Sabha

Features borrowed From the U.S.A.

• Written Constitution

• Executive head of state known as President and his being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces

• Vice-President as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha

• Fundamental Rights

• Supreme Court

• Provision of States

• Independence of Judiciary and judicial review

• Preamble

• Removal of Supreme Court and High Court Judges

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Features borrowed From USSR

• Fundamental Duties

• Five-year Plan

Features borrowed From Australia

• Concurrent list

• Language of the preamble

Features borrowed From Japan

• Laws on which the Supreme Court functions

From the Weimar Constitution of Germany

• Suspension of Fundamental Rights during the emergency

Features borrowed From Canada

• Scheme of federation with a strong centre

• Distribution of powers between the centre and the states 

• And placing residuary powers with the centre

Features borrowed From Ireland

• Concept of Directive Principles of States Policy (Ireland borrowed it from SPAIN)

• Method of election of President

• Nomination of members in the Rajya Sabha by the President

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Salient Features of the Constitution

  1. Single Constitution for both Union and States: India has a single Constitution for Union and all the States. The Constitution promotes the unity and convergence of the ideals of nationalism. The single Constitution empowers only the Parliament of India to make changes in the Constitution. It empowers the Parliament even to create a new state or abolish an existing state or alter its boundaries.
  2. Sources of the Constitution: The Indian Constitution has borrowed provisions from various countries and modified them according to the suitability and requirements of the country. The structural part of the Constitution of India has been derived from the Government of India Act, of 1935. The provisions such as the Parliamentary System of Government and Rule of Law have been adopted by the United Kingdom.
  3. Rigidity and Flexibility: The Constitution of India is neither rigid nor flexible. A Rigid Constitution means that special procedures are required for its amendments whereas a Flexible Constitution is one in which the constitution can be amended easily.
  4. Secular State: The term secular state means that all the religions present in India get equal protection and support from the state. In addition; it provides equal treatment to all religions by the government and equal opportunities for all religions.
  5. Federalism in India: The Constitution of India provides for the division of power between the Union and the State governments. It also fulfils some other features of federalism such as the rigidity of the constitution, written constitution, a bicameral legislature, independent judiciary, and supremacy of the constitution. Thus, India has a Federal System with unitary bias.
  6. Parliamentary Form of Government: India has a Parliamentary Form of Government. India has a Bicameral Legislature with two houses named Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. In the Parliamentary Form of Government; there is no clear-cut separation of powers between Legislative and Executive organs. In India; the head of the government is Prime Minister.
  7. Single Citizenship: Constitution of India provides for single citizenship to every individual in the country. No state in India can discriminate against an individual of another state. Moreover, in India, an individual has the right to move to any part of the country or live anywhere in the territory of India except certain places.
  8. Integrated and Independent Judiciary: The Constitution of India provides for an integrated and independent judicial system. The Supreme Court is the highest court of India with authority over all the other courts in India followed by high courts, district courts, and lower courts. To protect the Judiciary from any influence, the Constitution has laid down certain provisions such as Security of Tenure and Fixed Service Conditions for judges, etc.
  9. Directive Principles of State Policy: Part IV (Articles 36 to 50) of the Constitution mentions the Directive Principles of State Policy. These are non-justifiable in nature and are broadly classified into Socialistic, Gandhian, and Liberal-intellectual.
  10. Fundamental Duties: These were added to the Constitution by the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act (1976). A new Part IV-A was created for the purpose and 10 duties were incorporated under Article 51-A. The provision reminds the citizens that while enjoying rights, they should also perform their duties.
  11. Universal Adult Franchise: In India, every citizen who is above the age of 18 years has the right to vote without any discrimination on the ground of caste, race, religion, sex, literacy etc. The universal adult franchise removes social inequalities and maintains the principle of political equality for all citizens.
  12. Emergency Provisions: The President is empowered to take certain steps to tackle any extraordinary situation to maintain the sovereignty, security, unity, and integrity of the nation. The states become totally subordinate to the Central Government when an emergency is imposed. According to the need; an emergency can be imposed in parts or the whole of the country.

The Constitution of India thus stands as an embodiment of democracy, fundamental rights, and decentralization of power to the lowest or to the grass-root level. In order to protect against any possible dilution of these powers and rights, it has set up the Supreme Court to function as the guardian of the Constitution with the power to invalidate any legislation or executive act if it violates the Constitution and thus affirms and enforces the supremacy of the Constitution.

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