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Indian Constitution - Features, significant provisions and Basic Structure

Indian Polity & Constitution ( Mains GS 2 )

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To what extent is Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, bearing marginal note "temporary provision with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir", temporary? Discuss the future prospects of this provision in the context of Indian polity. (Q. No. 2, CSE 2016, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


Discuss each adjective attached to the word 'Republic' in the 'Preamble'. Are they defendable in the present circumstances? (Q. No. 5, CSE 2016, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


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? (Q. No. 6, CSE 2016, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


Discuss the possible factors that inhibit India from enacting for its citizen a uniform civil code as provided for in the Directive Principles of State Policy. (Q. No. 1, CSE 2015, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


What do you understand by the concept "freedom of speech and expression"? Does it cover hat speech also? Why do the films in India stand on a slightly different plane from other forms of expression? Discuss. (Q. No. 4, CSE 2014, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


Recent directives from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are perceived by the 'Nagas' as a threat to override the exceptional status enjoyed by the State. Discuss in light of Article 371A of the Indian Constitution. (Q. No. 3, CSE 2013, 200 words, 10 Marks)

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