Polity Study Material: Difference between FR and FD

Differences between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles

  1. Fundamental Rights are enforceable in the courts of law while Directive Principles cannot be enforced.

  2. While Fundamental Righ ts constitute limitations upon state action, the Directive Principles are in the nature of instructions to the Government to achieve certain ends by their decisions.

  3. Judiciary can declare any law void on the ground that it contravenes any of the Fundamental Rights, while the same is not in the case of Directive Principles.

  4. In the case of conflict between the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles, the former prevail.