Historical Background and Evolution of the Indian Constitution


The Constitution of India is the supreme law for the jurisdiction of India. It outlines essential political standards, systems, rehearses, rights, forces, and obligations of the legislature. It was received on the 26th of November, in the year 1949 by the Constituent Assembly. However, it came to impact on the 26th of January, 1950. In furtherance, 26th of January is praised as the Republic Day of India…Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the director of the Drafting Committee, is generally viewed as the draftsman of the Constitution of India. After the adoption of the Constitution, The Union of India turned into the contemporary and present-day Republic of India.


This historical background and evolution of the Indian Constitution can be concentrated under two expansive heads:

  • The Company Rule (1773 – 1858), and
  • The Crown Rule (1858 – 1947).

In 1600 AD, the British came to the Indian subcontinent at the port of Surat with the end goal of exchange and trade. By the 1750s, the East India Company began meddling in Indian policy driven issues. The Company saw the rising of its fortunes, and its change from an exchanging dare to administering adventure, when one of its military authorities, Robert Clive, crushed the forces of the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daulah, at the Battle of Plassey in 1757.

In 1858, after the First War of Independence in 1917 which is otherwise called Revolt of 1857, the rule of the East India Company was finished. The British Crown outperformed direct control of India after the disintegration of the East India Company and starts the British Raj.

The British crown had consistently accepted the sway over India. Legislature of India Act in 1858 was the primary rule passed by parliament which is set apart as the start of the evolution of the Indian Constitution.

Indian majority rule government has a few highlights like:

Separation of Powers; Federal Government; A representative form of Government; Distribution of Powers; Bicameral Legislature at Centre and States; Responsible form of Government.

The steady evolution of every one of these arrangements from a unitary and brought together government which was ruled by Secretary of States, designated by British Parliament

The Company Rule (1773 – 1858)

The rule of East India Company is the Company rule which includes a couple of significant acts that assumed a fundamental job in the evolution of the Indian Constitution.

Regulating Act of 1773[1]

The underlying advance was taken by the British Parliament to control and direct the endeavours of the East India Company in India. With this, the Presidency of Bengal was better than those of Bombay and Madras. Additionally, its representative was then assigned as the Governor-General of all the three regions.

Warren Hastings was approved as the Governor-General through the demonstration. He was given the intensity of administration, control and course more than two outstanding domains.

An Executive gathering of four individuals was made to help the Governor-General and the workplace residency was fixed for a term of five years. Establishment of the Supreme Court at Calcutta as the pinnacle court of the nation in 1774 including Chief Justice and three other Judges.

Company Officials were precluded from participating in any exclusive issues like exchange or business and tolerating such a payoff from Indians. Court of Directors was required to give an account of its income, military and common issues in India.

Pitt’s India Act of 1784[2]

In this Act, all the domains for the company were classified “The British belongings in India”. This showed the responsibility for Crown over the domain of East India Company in India. British Crown was the preeminent controller of the company’s undertakings and its organization in India.

In request to isolate the business and political capacity of the company, the crown presented “Leading group of Control” for political issues of the company and the business issues were overseen by “Court of chiefs”.

The Governor’s boards were likewise shaped at Madras and Bombay.

Charter Acts of 1813[3]

This demonstration completed the East India Company’s imposing business model plan of action over exchange with India. Presently, the subject of exchange is accessible to British Crown.

Charter Acts of 1833[4]

The Governor-General of Bengal turned into the primary Governor-General of India (Lord William Bentinck). All the common, military and income organizations powers were vested in him.

This was the start of the Central council for India as the demonstration expelled the authoritative forces of the Bombay and Madras administrations.

Transformation of the East India Company into a simply authoritative body and finished all its business exercises.

Charter Acts of 1853[5]

Foundation of Central Legislative Council so as to isolate the administrative and official forces of the Governor-General’s chamber which came to known as smaller than expected parliament.

It comprised of six individuals out of whom four were named by temporary administrations of Bengal, Bombay, Madras and Agra.

Presentation of open assessment called Civil Service Examination to select government employees for organization where Indians were additionally permitted to show up for the test.

The Crown Rule (1858 – 1947)

Government of India Act of 1858[6]

After the revolt of 1857, the rule of East India Company was supplanted by the British Crown and all the British belongings in India were constrained by them.

All the forces of the British Crown were vested in the Secretary of State for India which was helped by a chamber of India comprising of 15 individuals. He was vested with complete position and control over the Indian organization having Viceroy as his specialist.

Through this demonstration, the assignment of Governor-General was changed to Viceroy of India. It was Lord Canning who was the First Viceroy of India.

This demonstration nullified the Board of Control and the Court of Directors.

Indian Councils Act of 1861[7]

This Act presented a famous component of including Indians for the absolute first an ideal opportunity to speak to in the authoritative chamber and official committee as the non-official individuals. The official gathering was amplified by six to twelve individuals and these individuals were named for a time of 2 years by Viceroy.

Legal acknowledgment was concurred to the portfolio framework. The procedure of decentralization was started by re-establishing administrative forces to Bombay and Madras administrations.

Indian Councils Act of 1892[8]

This demonstration presented backhanded political decision which was prepared by designation. The size of the legislative council was extended.

Elements of the legislative council were augmented as they were given the intensity of talking about the Budget and scrutinizing the official.

Indian Councils Act of 1909[9]

This Act is likewise named as Morley-Minto Reforms.

This demonstration expanded in the quantity of individuals from the authoritative gathering from 16 to 60 and presented direct decisions for the administrative committee. The name of Central Legislative Council (CLC) was changed to the Imperial Legislative Council.

The act accommodated the first run through, the arrangement of Indians with the official committee of Viceroy. The main Indian to get the workplace together with Viceroy’s Executive Council as the law part was Satyendra Prasad Sinha.

The demonstration presented the idea of ‘separate electorate’ to the Muslims which is an arrangement of shared portrayal for the Muslim people group. Indian Councils Acts reached a conclusion with this Act.

Government of India Act of 1919[10]

The act is additionally named as Montague-Chelmsford Reforms since Montague was secretary of state in India and Chelmsford was the Viceroy of India at that specific time. The boundary was drawn between Central subjects and Provincial subjects.

The idea of double administration, ‘Diarchy’, was presented in the common governments where the official councillors were accountable for the ‘saved subjects’ and clergymen being accountable for the ‘moved subjects ‘and were dependable to the authoritative board.

A bicameral law-making body was presented at the middle through this • demonstration (later administrative chamber became Rajya Sabha and the authoritative gathering became Lok Sabha). Public Service Commission was built up. There were 140 individuals in Legislative Assembly and 60 individuals in Legislative committee.

It got required to have at any rate three Indian individuals out of six in the Governor-General’s Executive Council. A Direct political race where the option to cast a ballot was reached out by this demonstration.

Government of India Act of 1935[11]

This demonstration was the aftereffect of the Simon Commission Report, round table meetings, and the white paper introduced in the British Parliament;

This demonstration was the longest, protracted, nitty gritty and last report presented by the British in India comprising 321 segments and 10 timetables. A large portion of its highlights are received by The Constitution of India, 1950.

This act accommodated the foundation of All India Federation comprising of Governor Provinces (British India) and Princely states as units. Abolition of Diarchy at the common level yet it was set up at focal level named ‘Commonplace Autonomy’.

This act expanded the bicameral law-making body in six out of eleven areas which are the territories of Madras, Bombay, Assam, Bengal, Bihar, and the unified territory. This act accommodated the foundation of the Federal Court in India and furthermore RBI.

Indian Independence Act of 1947[12]

English rule reached a conclusion with this demonstration.

The demonstration accommodated the partition of India and Pakistan and all the laws which were authorized in British India would be relevant to the two domains until corrected by their individual law-making body.

Every country will be administered by the Government of India Act, 1935 till their new constitution is shaped.

The act pronounced India as an Independent and Sovereign Nation.

It accommodated the foundation of the Governments at both the Centre and the state levels

The Constitution of India (January 26, 1950)

  • Eventually, the draft of the new constitution of India was set up on February, 1948
  • The Constitution of India came into power on 26th January in the year 1950
  • The Constitution of India was propelled and had taken a portion of its highlights from different Constitutions of other nations.

Thus, the father of our Constitution and the Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Dr B.R. Ambedkar stated, “With regards to the allegation that the Draft Constitution has [re]produced a decent piece of the arrangements of the Government of India Act, 1935, I make no expressions of remorse. There is not something to be embarrassed about in getting. It includes no literary theft. No one holds any patent rights in the essential thoughts of a Constitution….[13]














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