Topic – Part of static series under the heading – “Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure”
3) Examine why 42nd Constitutional Amendment is called a mini Constitution?(250 words)
Key demand of the constitution
The question expects us to paint a macro picture of the changes brought about by 42nd constitutional amendment act and the impact of those changes. We also need to bring out how its effects were nullified.
Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Give a brief backdrop of the developments pre 42nd CAA
- Discuss the macro changes brought about by the 42nd Amendment Act such as the changes to fundamental rights, almost made parliament the supreme law making body etc
- Discuss the impact that these changes would have – threaten the balance between the three organs of government, dilute FRs etc
- Discuss how the changes proposed by 42nd CAA were nullified.
Conclusion – Mention that sweeping changes were proposed by that Amendment which would have made the constitution unrecognisable.