Constitutional Government

  • Ramesh Thakur
Part of the Comparative Government and Politics book series (CGP)


Indians are surprisingly conscious of constitutional probity. During the staggered 1991 elections which saw the likeliest prime ministerial hopeful Rajiv Gandhi assassinated, Vice-President Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma commented that ‘constitutional functionaries must set an example of rectitude and perfect observance of constitutional and legal proprieties’ (Datta-Ray, 1991a). In this chapter I propose to deal with the following questions:
  1. 1.

    What do we mean by the terms ‘constitution’ and ‘constitutionalism’?

  2. 2.

    What were the legacies bequeathed to India by British colonialism?

  3. 3.

    What is the structure of government established by the Constitution of India?

  4. 4.

    What is the structure and role of the judiciary in India?



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Further Reading

  1. Basu (1993). A standard authoritative account that has been constantly revised and updated over several editions.Google Scholar
  2. Baxi (1980). Examines the apex court as a political institution.Google Scholar
  3. Pylee (1992). A clear and accessible exposition of the main features of India’s constitution by a leading authority in the field.Google Scholar
  4. Seervai (1990/1991). The book on the subject of India’s constitutional law.Google Scholar

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