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5) To what extent can it be said the constituent assembly was a one party body? Critically Examine.(250 words)

Topic: Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

5) To what extent can it be said the constituent assembly was a one party body? Critically Examine.(250 words)

Indian Polity by Lakshmikant

Why this question:

The question is from the static portions of the GS paper II.

Key demand of the question:

Answer must show the composition of constituent assembly, key positions hold by prominent members in the committees and Their representation from different political parties.

Directive:

Critically examineWhen asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Provide brief about constituent assembly. Provide by which plan it came in into existence. What was strength before and after partition?

Body:

Write composition of constituent assembly provide facts about representation of different parties. Quote statements of different political leaders and scholars eg Winston Churchill commented that the Constituent Assembly represented ‘only one major community in India.

Granville Austin, a British Constitutional expert, remarked: ‘The Constituent Assembly was a one-party body in an essentially one-party country. The Assembly was the Congress and the Congress was India.

Then in next paragraph defend this view by writing there was representation outside of Congress to give examples of Ambedkar, Gopalaswami Ayyangar.

Write decision taken were consensus based and not majority based.

Conclusion:

Conclude with your fair and balanced opinion.

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