Constitution-Historical Underpinnings [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 2 (Governance, Polity, Social Justice, & IR)]: Questions 1 - 4 of 4

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Question 1

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Appeared in Year: 2016

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Did the Government of India Act, 1935 lay down a federal constitution. Discuss.

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Government of India Act 1935
  • British Government in India proposed the Government of India Act 1935, and it is considered as the first and the last British Act to propose the federal system or federal form of government in India. But, later India adopts a “quasi federal” system without much sticking onto to the federal system alone.
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Question 2

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Discuss each adjective attached to the word ‘Republic’ in the ‘Preamble’ . Are they defendable in the present circumstances?

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The Preamble to Constitution of India
  • The Preamble can be defined as an introductory or a preface to the Indian Constitution. The adjectives attached to the word Republic are Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, and Democratic. The terms ‘Secular’ and ‘Socialist’ were added to the Preamble of the Indian constitution by the 42nd Amendment.
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Question 3

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Appeared in Year: 2013

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Recent directives from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas are perceived by the ‘Nagas’ as a threat to override the exceptional status enjoyed by t he state. Discuss in light of Article 371 A of the Indian Constitution.

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Under Article 371-A enshrined in the constitution of India provides special provisions to north eastern state Nagaland.

Under this the Acts of Parliament relating to the following matters would not apply to Nagaland unless the state Legislative assembly so decides:

  • Religious and social practices of Nagas
  • Naga customary law and procedure.
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Question 4

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Did the Constitution mark a moment of discontinuity with the colonial past, and a desire to transform Indian political and social structures? Or was it simply a transfer of political power and a change of rulers, leaving underlying institutional arrangements intact? Discuss.

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Background:

Indian constitution though borrowed features from other countries it had its uniqueness and flexibility that is why it is called a living document. Even after so many changes in the society, the Constitution continues to work effectively because of this ability to be dynamic, to be open to interpretations and the ability to respond to th…

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