Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
3. The recent post-poll developments in Maharashtra and the hastily passed CAA have been in conflict with constitutional values. Elucidate.(250 words)
Why this question:
On the occasion of Constitution Day, at a joint sitting of Parliament to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution, President Ram Nath Kovind, (quoting B.R.Ambedkar) made a significant observation that all three organs of the state, persons occupying constitutional posts, civil society members, and citizens should abide by ‘constitutional morality’.
Key demand of the question:
Critically analyse the recent happenings at the Maharashtra polls and the CAA that have been in conflict with constitutional values.
Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Discuss the current case.
Highlight that the Concerns about the future of democracy and democratic traditions are, no doubt, growing across the world.
India was hitherto perceived to be an exception to this, being protected by safeguards found in its Constitution — the product of a Constituent Assembly that consisted of not only the best legal minds, but also of compassionate individuals who espoused the finest human values.
Explain the case of Maharashtra, highlight the case of CAA.
Conclude by stating the fact that whatever are the merits or demerits of the CAA, given India’s many-layered democracy and the existence of different religious communities spread across different regions of the country, a more detailed and in-depth study was called for before pushing through such a key measure.