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Quiz about Indian Government  Politics
Quiz about Indian Government  Politics

Indian Government & Politics Trivia Quiz


For all those who want to understand politics in India, this quiz is for you! It covers the basics of Indian politics.

A multiple-choice quiz by Hiyori. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Hiyori
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
356,982
Updated
Sep 30 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
767
Last 3 plays: Guest 171 (4/10), Guest 49 (7/10), Guest 122 (5/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Under what kind of government does India operate? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Is India a unitary or federal state?

Answer: (Unitary or Federal )
Question 3 of 10
3. How is the Prime Minister of India elected? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. India has a bicameral legislature. What are the names of the two houses? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. To which of these houses are the Indian Prime Minister and his Cabinet directly responsible? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Given India's political system and the powerful position of its Prime Minister, how do political theorists refer to India today? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Some Supreme Courts have the power to review the laws of the legislature and declare them null and void. Does India's judiciary possess this power?


Question 8 of 10
8. The Office of the Indian Prime Minister was set up in 1947. Who was the first Prime Minister of the Republic? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Who was appointed as the first President of the Republic of India? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Every country has a supreme law. What is India's supreme law of the land? Hint



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1. Under what kind of government does India operate?

Answer: Parliamentary Government

The union of India operates under the parliamentary democracy based on the fusion of powers of the executive and legislative organs. It implies that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet form part of the parliament and are directly responsible to them. The parliamentary government also implies a separation of executive power in the sense that the Prime Minister is the head of government and enjoys real executive power while the President is the head of state and is devoid of political power.

He enjoys only nominal power and acts as a ceremonial figurehead.
2. Is India a unitary or federal state?

Answer: Federal

India is a federal state. Federalism implies two levels of government. It is a system which most large states adopt. It breaks power into central and local units of government that is there is a division of power legally outlined in the Constitution. Each local units (in the case of India, they are states), have some autonomy.
3. How is the Prime Minister of India elected?

Answer: Directly by the people

The Prime Minister is elected by the people of India for a period of five years. It is the President of the USA who is elected by an electoral college.
4. India has a bicameral legislature. What are the names of the two houses?

Answer: Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha

A bicameral legislature means that the legislative organ has two houses - a lower and an upper house. The lower house is the Lok Sabha, which is also known as the House of the People, and which consists of India's representatives who are directly elected by the Indians. The upper house, Rajya Sabha, is also known as the Council of States, and consists of representatives of states.
5. To which of these houses are the Indian Prime Minister and his Cabinet directly responsible?

Answer: Lok Sabha

As there is a fusion of power, the Prime Minister and his cabinet, being members of parliament, are directly and collectively responsible to the Lok Sabha. The Prime Minister is also the leader of the house, he commands the majority. This majority gives him an advantage when passing laws but he is accountable to the house.

It implies that he must answer to all questions of the house and if he fails, they have the power to remove him from office by passing a vote of no confidence.
6. Given India's political system and the powerful position of its Prime Minister, how do political theorists refer to India today?

Answer: Prime Ministerial Government

India's Prime Minister is often considered as the most powerful Prime Minister. He retains the full support of his party, his cabinet and the members of parliament. His position has become so eminent that India is referred to as a "Prime Ministerial" Government due to his influence and supremacy. Cabinet dictatorship is the system operating in Britain as the cabinet together with the Prime Minister rule.
7. Some Supreme Courts have the power to review the laws of the legislature and declare them null and void. Does India's judiciary possess this power?

Answer: Yes

This power is called judicial review and it is vested to the Supreme Court by the Constitution. It means the judiciary is entitled to review the laws of the Lok Sabha and if these laws violate or clash with the Constitution, the court can declare this law null and void. Also, judicial review acts as a check and balances the legislature.
8. The Office of the Indian Prime Minister was set up in 1947. Who was the first Prime Minister of the Republic?

Answer: Jawaharlal Nehru

After the creation of the Prime Minister's office, the Governor General appointed Jawaharlal Nehru as the first Prime Minister of India, in which role he served until 27 May 1964. Gulzarilal Nanda was the acting Prime Minister after the death of Jawarharlal Nehru as the latter died in office. So Gulzarilal Nanda served until the next election which saw the election of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India. Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira Gandhi, was the sixth Prime Minister.
9. Who was appointed as the first President of the Republic of India?

Answer: Rajendra Prasad

In 1950, Rajendra Prasad became the first President of India and also the first to serve the presidential office for two terms. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was Prasad's Vice President until he himself became President in 1962 with Zakir Hussain as Vice President.
10. Every country has a supreme law. What is India's supreme law of the land?

Answer: The Constitution

The Supreme Court of India stated that the Indian Constitution is the supreme law of the land and cannot be violated. It is from the Constitution that India draws all its laws and regulations as well as dictating how the government functions. Violation of the Constitution can lead to imprisonment.
Source: Author Hiyori

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