A Brief Outline of the Constitution

O. Chinnappa Reddy

in The Court and the Constitution of India

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066286
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081462 | DOI:
A Brief Outline of the Constitution

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This chapter presents a brief outline of the Indian Constitution, starting with the Preamble which sets out the aspirations, hopes, ideals, and results anticipated to be achieved by the people via the path of the Constitution. The first part of the Constitution constitutes India as a union of states and provides for the formation, re-formation, and reorganization of the states constituting the union. Citizenship is provided for in the second part. Part III specifies the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution, while Part IV deals with the Directive Principles of State Policy. Part IV-A introduced by the forty-second amendment of the Constitution sets out fundamental duties, which are in the nature of moral precepts to be observed by citizens. Thereafter follow several chapters dealing with the powers of the president, the Parliament, the governor, and the state legislatures. Other important parts of the Constitution deal with the Supreme Court, the distribution of powers between the Parliament and the state legislatures and their concurrent powers, and elections to Parliament and the state legislatures.

Keywords: India; Constitution; citizenship; fundamental rights; Supreme Court; Parliament; elections; state legislatures; Directive Principles of State Policy; fundamental duties

Chapter.  1551 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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