Indian constitution and laws

Indian constitution and laws

History & Evolution
Previous year questions

  1. What was held in the Coelho case? In this context, can you say that judicial review is of key importance amongst the basic features of the Constitution? (2016)
  2. It would have been difficult for the Constituent Assembly to complete its historic task of drafting the Constitution for Independent India in just three years but for the experience gained with the Government of India Act, 1935. Discuss.(2015)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Government of India Act 1935

 

  1. Basic Structure doctrine

Quick bytes

  1. Courtroom is a site in which the constitution is regularly made and unmade, interpreted and reinterpreted, and understood and misunderstood.
  2. The Four Pillars Of Democracy are basic guidelines that help govern how democracy works. The Four Pillars are: Equity, Representation, Freedom and Justice.

Practice questions

  1. Indian constitution shows to the world that liberty and a strong state need not necessarily be enemies. Comment.

Features of Indian Constitution
Previous year questions

  1. Discuss each adjective attached to the word ‘Republic’ in the ‘Preamble’. Are they defendable in the present circumstances? (2016)
  2. Discuss the possible factors that inhibit India from enacting for its citizens a uniform civil code as provided for in the Directive Principles of State Policy (2015)
  3. Does the right to clean environment entail legal regulations on burning crackers during Diwali? Discuss in the light of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and Judgement(s) of the Apex Court in this regard. (2015)
  4. What do you understand by the concept “freedom of speech and expression”? Does it cover hate speech also? Why do the films in India stand on a slightly different plane from other forms of expression? Discuss. (2014)
  5. Constitutional mechanisms to resolve the inter-state water disputes have failed to address and solve the problems. Is the failure due to structural or process inadequacy or both? Discuss. (2013)
  6. What are the Rights within the ambit of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution? (2012)
  7. ‘Essentially all this is contained in Part IV-A of the Constitution is just a codification of tasks integral of the Indian way of life. Critically examine this statement. (2011)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Article 35A
  2. Inter-state water dispute
  3. Separation of powers
  4. Asymmetric federalism (A.370 & A.371)
  5. Article 371 (A) and Nagaland women rights issue

 

  1. Uniform Civil Code
  2. Constitution amendment procedure

 

  1. Article 21
  2. Essential practices doctrine

Quick bytes

  1. Constitutions require both institutions and individuals for successful execution of its provisions.
  2. Article 35A empowers the J&K legislature to define permanent residents of the state. This provision was added to the constitution through the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954, issued by the country’s first president, Rajendra Prasad, on May 14, 1954, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 370.

Practice questions

  1. Discuss the barriers of centralisation in Indian constitution.
  2. Are the constitutional provisions for resolving inter-state water sharing disputes working satisfactorily? If not, suggest necessary changes in the constitution.
  3. Article 21 is the heart of fundamental rights. Explain (Reference: here)
  4. Article 371 (A) of Indian constitution protects Naga customary law. But the recent issue of 33% reservation of women in urban local bodies has been opposed by locals as it is considered against the local customs. Do you think the time has come to amend constitution to give explicit precedence to fundamental rights over Article 371 (A)? Discuss

Comparison of Constitution
RAG Topics

 

 

  1. American constitution
  2. British constitution

 

  1. Pacifisn in japanese constitution

 

  1. Brazilian constitution

Quick bytes

  1. Not the Potomac, but the Thames, fertilizes the flow of Yamuna: Means Indian constitution is more influenced by british (Thames) than United States (Potomac) 🙂

Practice questions

  1. Not the Potomac, but the Thames, fertilizes the flow of Yamuna” Comment (pub ad question)

Other laws
RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Other laws

 

  1. The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016

 

Quick bytes

  1. According to the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, it will be mandatory to take permission from a government authority before acquiring, disseminating, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India.

Practice questions

  1. Do you think criminal defamation violates the fundamental right of freedom of speech? Examine.

  • Nuwan Ovitigala

    Thank you sir

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