Differences between Indian Government and U.S. Government - Indian Polity
India is the largest democracy in the world, whereas the United States of America is the oldest democracy. Although both countries are democratic republics, there are some differences in the way both governments function. UPSC aspirants should be aware of the basic differences between the two governments. In this article, you can read about the differences between Indian vs US governments, which is a part of polity in the UPSC syllabus.
UPSC Questions related to Differences between Indian and US Government
How is India’s government different from the United States?
The basic difference between the governments of India and the US is that the Indian government is a parliamentary model whereas the USA has a presidential system.
What is the difference between the union of states and federation of states?
In a Union of States like India, there is a strong centre and power is shared between the centre and the states. India is described as a union of states in the Constitution. This is because India was formed as a result of princely states joining the union (which was British India). In contrast, the USA was formed as a result of the initial 13 colonies coming together to form the union. This is more like a bottom-up approach.
Is the USA a federal country?
Yes, it is a federal country. Every state in the USA has its own constitution as well.
Who elects the president of India?
The president of India is elected by an electoral college comprising of MPs of both Houses, and the MLAs of the legislative assemblies of all the states and UTs.