The Constitution of India

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India ie. Bharat is a Union of States.  It is a Sovereign Socialist Democratic Republic with a parliamentary system of government.  The Republic is governed in terms of the Constitution of India which was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November 1949 and came into force on 26th January 1950.

 

The Constitution provides for a Parliamentary form of government which is federal in structure with certain unitary features.  The constitutional head of the Executive of the Union is the President. As per Article 79 of the Constitution of India,  the council of the Parliament of the Union consists of the President and two Houses to be known as the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and the House of the People (Lok Sabha).  Article 74(1) of the Constitution provides that there shall be a Council of Ministers with a Prime Minister as its head to aid and advise the President, who shall exercise his functions in accordance to the advice.  The real executive power is thus vested in the Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister as its head.

 

The Council of Ministers is collectively responsible to the House of the People (Lok Sabha).  Every State has a Legislative Assembly.  Certain States have an upper House called State Legislative Council.  Governor is the Head of a State.  There shall be a Governor for each State and the executive power of the State shall be vested in him.  The council of Ministers with the Chief Minister as its head advises the Governor in the discharge of the executive functions.  The Council of the Ministers of a state is collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly of the State.

 

The Constitution distributes legislative powers between Parliament and State legislatures as per the lists of entries in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution.  The residual powers vest in the Parliament.  The centrally administered territories are called Union Territories.

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                                        THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a 1[SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC] and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the [unity and integrity of the Nation];

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twentysixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.

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