Constitution of India

Nagaland Violence: Understanding the Constitutional Angle

March 4, 2017

In the previous article we have studied the issue of violence against 33% reservation for women in local bodies in Nagaland. There has been a debate surrounding non-applicability of the Constitutional provisions upon local self government in the state.  This issue arises due to two circumstances. Firstly,...

Governor’s Office and Powers in India

March 2, 2017

In recent times we have come across various disputes regarding the powers exercised by the Governors of different states. Some of the instances are that of  the role of the governor of Tamil Nadu in resolving a dispute regarding appointment of Chief Minister, the appointment of governor...

Powers of the Governor with Special Reference to Article 200

January 31, 2017

Article 200 of the Indian Constitution deals with the powers of the Governor with regard to  assent given to bills passed by the State legislature and other powers of the Governor such as reserving the bill for the President’s consideration. Article 200: Provisions According to Article 200,...

Right to Health in the Constitution of India

October 6, 2016

Right to Health is not included as an explicit fundamental right in the Indian Constitution. Most provisions related to health are in Part-IV {Directive Principles}. These are: Article 38 says that the state will secure a social order for the promotion of welfare of the people. Providing...

Separation of Powers in Constitution of India

September 26, 2016

In India, separation of functions is followed and not of powers and hence, the principle is not abided in its rigidity. In India, strict separation of powers is not followed as it is followed in the U.S. But a system of checks and balance has been embedded...

Division of Legislative Powers between Centre and States in India

September 19, 2016

The legislative functions of union and states are discussed mainly in article 245 to 255 in Part XI of the constitution. Here is a brief idea of these articles. Article 245 Article 245 provides for territorial limits on legislation powers of parliament and states. It says that...

Constitution 7th Amendment Act, 1956

September 12, 2016

The 7th Amendment of Indian Constitution was needed to implement the recommendations of the States Reorganisation Commission regarding the reorganization of the states on a linguistic basis.  It paved way for doing away with classification of states in A, B, C and D categories and introduced of...

Constitution First Amendment Act, 1951

September 12, 2016

The First Amendment was passed in 1951 by the Provisional Parliament, which was elected on a limited franchise. The Statement of Reasons (SOR) relating to the First Amendment said: “Challenges to agrarian laws or laws relating to land reform were pending in courts and were holding up...

President Rule in Arunachal Pradesh: Summary of Events

February 4, 2016

Last assembly elections were held in Arunachal Pradesh in 2011. Out of the total 60 seats in state assembly, Congress won 47, BJP won 11 and there were 2 independent MLAs. Thus, Congress came to power with an overwhelming majority and its leader Nabam Tuki was sworn...

Environment Related Provisions in Indian Constitution

January 12, 2016

The provisions related to environment in the constitution of India are found among Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles as well as Fundamental Rights. Fundamental Duties Article 51-A(g) says that “It shall be duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes,...

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