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Introduction to the Constitution of India (English) 20th Edition

Language: English
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Lexisnexis
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Introduction To The Constitution Of India, is an ideal text for political science students, and laypersons, which provides an analytical look at the complexities of the Indian Constitution.

Summary Of The Book

Introduction To The Constitution Of India, looks at the beginning of India’s journey from January 26,1950 to the present day. It has gone through many amendments since it was enacted. There is an official Hindi translation and an English version of the Indian Constitution. The original is handwritten with beautiful calligraphy, which the author has tried decipher for the benefit of his readers. The Indian Constitution is currently the longest one of any country in the world.

This book takes readers through the minute details of the Constitution. It is divided into nine chapters, with the sequence of the chapters closely following the Constitution. Some of the topics covered in the nine sections are Nature of the Constitution, Government of the Union, Government of the States, Administration of Union Territories, Local Government, Judicature, The Federal System, and Miscellaneous topics like Elections, Languages, Public Service Commissions.

The book begins by introducing readers to the Indian Constitution. Then it explores the historical background, philosophy, features, and creation of the Constitution. Readers will become well acquainted with the Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Rights and Duties, as well as the amendment procedures.

The remainder of the book provides information about State governments, Union governments, administration procedures in Union Territories, and governance in special areas such as Jammu and Kashmir. Basu has also included details about the functioning of small governments such as panchayats, planning committees, and municipalities. A sound background about the judicial system, especially the High Courts and Supreme Courts is also provided. In the final chapter, readers are given a thorough background information about the nation’s federal system. In this chapter, topics such as emergency provisions, inter-state relations, minorities, elections, and languages are addressed.

This text is a useful reference tool for Political Science students, as well as the citizens of India. Introduction To The Constitution Of India, was published in 2012, by Lexisnexis.

About Durga Das Basu

Durga Das Basu is an Indian author and jurist. He has also written, Comparative Constitutional Law, Casebook On The Indian Constitutional Law, Law of Press, Comparative Federalism and Commentary On The Constitution Of India. Basu has received numerous honorary doctorates from over six Indian universities. He also has doctorate in law from the University of Calcutta.



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Table of Contents

Part 1: Nature of the constitution
1. The Historical background
2. The making of the constitution
3. The philosophy of the constitution
4. Outstanding features of our constitution
5. Nature of the federal system
6. Territory of the Union
7. Citizenship
8. Fundamental rights and fundamental Duties
9. Directive Principles of state Policy
10. Procedure for amendment
Part II: Government of the union
11. The Union Executive
1. The president and the Vice President
2. Powers and Duties of the president
3. The Council of ministers
4. The President in relation to his council or ministers
5. The Attorney general for India
6. The Comptroller and Auditor general of India
12. The Union Legislature
Part III: Government of the States
13. The State Executive
1. The General structure
2. Governor
3. The Council of ministers
4. Advocate General
14. The State Legislature
15. The State of Jammu & Kashmird
Part IV: Administration of Union Territories
16. Administration of Union Territories and Acquired
Part V: Local Government
17. The new system of Panchayats and municipalities
18. Panchayats
19. Municipalities and Planning Committees
Part VI: Administration of Special areas
20. Administration of scheduled and Tribal Areas
Part VII: The Judicature
21. Organization of the Judiciary in general
22. The Supreme Court
23. The High Court
Part VIII: The Federal system
24. Distribution of legislative and executive powers
25. Distribution of financial powers
26. Administrative Relations between the Union and the states
27. Inter state Relations
28. Emergency Provisions
Part IX: Miscellaneous
29. Rights and liabilities of the Government and Public servants
30. The services and Public service Commissions
31. Elections
32. Minorities, Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes
33. Languages
34. How the Constitution has worked

Specifications of Introduction to the Constitution of India (English) 20th Edition (Paperback)

University Books Details
Subject Constitution of India and Professional Ethics
Degree/Diploma UG
Specialization B.A(History), Computer Science Engineering, B.A(Political Science)
Term 1st Year
Book Details
Publisher Lexisnexis
Edition Type Reprint
ISBN-10 8180385590
Edition 20th Edition
Book Type Non Fiction Book
Number of Pages 200 Pages
Publication Year 2012
Language English
ISBN-13 9788180385599
Binding Paperback
Authored By Durga Das Basu
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Ishan Atri

Jun 16, 2015

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Ultimate Book for UPSC aspirants!!

Great book.No other book required for covering polity.Better than DD Basu in terms of simplicity of language.

Bhushan Kanathe

Apr 22, 2015

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Awesome book! A must for Civil Service Aspirants!!

This book is a good read for building your knowledge regarding the Indian Constitution. The language might be a little difficult to grab initially, but once you get comfortable with it, you would love the book.

Karthikeyan G

Mar 17, 2015

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Great book

Well written book.Must have book for basic understanding of indian constitution.Every topic is neatly explained.i have gone through Laxmikanth and Subash Kashyap's books and it is better than those books by a slight margin.Paper quality is good.Once again 48 hours delivery by flipkart


Mar 5, 2015

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This book is good one and very helpful for all civil service aspirants. All the topics are clearly explained.

B.V Vasudev

Feb 6, 2015

Excellent book

Just to clarify this is the 21st Edition (2013) version presently being sold on FK. I had the earlier version from 2004 and there has been pretty good update in the newest edition. It is a good read for generic entrance examinations related to Govt. posts. This book is also written well for someone … (View complete review)

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Jan 9, 2012

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Faculty of INDIAN POLITY also and as a student learner i highly recommend..sorry its better to say that only base book for all the UPSC and other State PSC's..

All the Topics given by Mr.Basu is really well catered for the students in an order. There is no need to go for search for the new topics..each and every Topic and chapters are clearly explained.
Those who are attempting for the first time to service commission examinations... Just go blindly for this one..its referable for all the time.. Give ur first preference to this ... and save your valuable time.. rather then going to other bo

Amit Srivatsa

Sep 18, 2013

More suited to advanced (not expert) readers

The book is an excellent reference point for any/all issues on the Indian Constitution. A majority of Civil Service aspirants (myself included) treat this book as the golden standard for Indian Polity, and rightly so.

However, if you are new to Polity and want to understand the basic nature of Indian Constitution, this book is not for you. Owing to the use of a form of english typical to the court rooms, the book can be a bit overwhelming to the novice reader. Therefore, in my opinion, this book is for those who already have a working knowledge of Indian Polity and want to further their know

Ravindra M

Dec 6, 2011

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Decent Read

This is book is mainly for the people who are preparing for competitive exams. The language of the book is mostly in legal genre, for people who have not read these type of books earlier, will take sometime to get the hang of the language. I wouldn't say it has grooving narration, but it isn't bad either.

Headings by the side of the paragraphs make it a little cumbersome, you fail to make out that you have moved on to a next topic. The book covers almost everything. It also touches upon the amendments. author also brings in his views about certain topics. though at times, narration of some p

Aamir Ayubi

Feb 6, 2013

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If you can read Chetan Bhagat's book, you CAN read this too!

I chanced upon this on the best seller list and was surprised to find a book on a drab subject making to Flipkart's best-seller list. Flipkart delivered the book within 72 hours of placing the order (as usual) :)

About the Book:

Many reviewers have said it is highly helpful for preparation of competitive exams to understand Indian polity, etc. which is true. However, this book is not solely targeted to IAS/IPS/competitive exams aspirants. It is meant for every layman citizen of India who can read and understand English.

Most citizens of India do not know anything about the administration


May 13, 2014

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poor quality print.

I am really starting to doubt that these low price edition books are particularly low in price because they are made of cheap paper. When you buy a book for the purpose of studies, you expect it to be sturdy and durable specially since you handle it a lot. This book is a good one, but sorry to say the paper quality is really poor.

Saurabh Gautam

Dec 9, 2012

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Best possible start for Civil Services preparation...

Whether u are a normal citizen or a IAS aspirant, this book is a must read for every Indian if u wanna know the functioning of your country at the grass-root level. One thing is for sure you need to have patience to complete the book but once you do complete it, I bet you'll have a much better insight about India.

For the author, he needs no introduction. A well established name in the field of Law, he is a treat to read. Simply a masterpiece.

About the Flipkart service, this is my first purchase and i am thoroughly satisfied. Flipkart was bang on target with its delivery promise of 3-4 day

vikash kumar

Oct 4, 2013

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a must read

a very well known book, a must read if u r preparing for civil services.
incomparable writing style, superclean pages &winding,
details as the best can be done, neither too much, nor less

i loved the book

Lalnundika Hnamte

May 14, 2012

Must read for Political Science students

A Political Science student must read this book.
Its provides the fundamental ideas and workings of our Constitution.
This book is also useful for anyone as Indian citizens because it makes readers aware of the philosophy of the Constitution such as Justice, Liberty, Equality etc., one's Fundamental Rights such as one's Right to Freedom, Right to Freedom of Religion, Right to Equality etc. and the Fundamental Duties to be responsible citizens of India.

pooja bhatt

Apr 11, 2012

Wonderful read!!

At first I was hesitant to pick up the book as looked too specialized in content for a person with no knowledge of Constitution.Firstly, I finished reading NCERTs and then took this up. I must say one shouldn't get fooled by the minute font of the book as this book is a WONDERFUL AND EASY READ. It gives just the right detail that one requires without going into unnecessary details. No doubt, Dr. Basu is the master of his subject!!

Mohnish Prasanna

Dec 30, 2011

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All that you need to know

This book is an ideal book to know everything about your constitution.It is a must read for all civil service aspirants since it contains all info that is required for prelims and mains and also the small book size gives a psycological advantage.
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