32. Mains Question- Sep 29, 2018
What do you understand by ‘Basic structure’ in relation to Indian constitution? Trace its genesis in Indian judiciary. (250 words)
- Theme of the question: Basic structure in the Indian constitution
- The question is about ‘Keshavananda Bharati vs state of Kerala’ verdict and it’s important. The verdict basically ascertains the supremacy of the constitution in Indian polity. The verdict insulated certain provisions of the constitution from arbitrary interference.
- To trace the genesis one has to take into account other verdicts such as: Shankari Prasad verdict, Sajjan case verdict, Golaknath case, Keshavananda case. Other cases such as Minerva mills and IR Coelho case. One has to give the crux of those judgments in a brief manner.
Note: One has to concentrate on the past judgments of the Supreme Court of India and also understand its significance to Indian polity. Some of the important case judgments are: Maneka Gandhi case, Olega Tellis case, Arun Shanbaugh case, Union Carbide case, Mandal commission case, Shah Bano case. During current affairs preparation one has to also concentrate on the judgments of the Supreme Court of India. Some of the recent important judgments pertaining to Triple Talaq, Right to privacy, passive euthanasia-living cases could be asked in your mains exams