Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provision.
3) Do you think Indian President is merely a Rubber Stamp? Critically Examine. (250 words)
Indian Polity by Lakshmikanth
Why this question:
The question aims to critically analyse the powers of the president.
Key demand of the question:
One must explain with suitable justifications as to how powers of president in India have merely remained as a rubber stamp.
Critically examine – When 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:
Though, the President is the head of the Indian State and is the first citizen of India, he is bound by the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers under Article 74.
The question is of analytical variant, where one has to give both sides of the statement, that is, in what way the president of the country is a mere Rubber stamp and how he is not too.
Discuss how he is just a rubber stamp. He is the nominal head of the government but the real power lies with the Prime Minister. Discuss article 53, 74, 75 etc. use suitable examples of recent incidents from which it is evident that he is a mere rubber stamp.
Explain otherwise if any incidents exist to prove; situations where President has powers and does not act as a rubber stamp. For Example -Veto powers of president like pocket veto, suspensive veto etc.
Conclude by highlighting the importance of President in Indian Parliamentary system.