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The Constitution of India is one of the finest legal documents ever drafted. Being one of the lengthiest in the world with 395 Articles and 12 Schedules, its functional efficacy was doubted by many when it came into force on January 26, 1950.The international community at that point of time thought that an infant democracy, which India then was, could not operate with such a detailed legal framework that left almost no area of State’s operation untouched.Fifty five years later we are well positioned to claim that we have been able to run a country as large and as diverse as ours under the guiding spirit of the world’s lengthiest Constitution.Our Constitution, which is a complex legal document, not only provides for the legal machinery but also defines and determines the relation between various institutions and the areas of operation for the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.Furthermore, it defines and demarcates the areas of operation within the executive arm or the State, that is, amongst the Central Government and State governments. It also provides for Central Services in order to smoothen administration and governance.The Constitution of India prescribes a clear division of power between the Union and States by defining the legislative relations, administrative relations and financial relations.It is, by no means a rigid Constitution, which is evident by the fact that it has already undergone 92 Amendments till April 2004.
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