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Our constitution has ideals and values inspired by great personalities and their philosophies which has enriched our democracy. Elaborate.

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

4. Our constitution has ideals and values inspired by great personalities and their philosophies which has enriched our democracy. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

Lord Buddha is the inspiration for India’s Constitution even today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the various influences on Indian constitution and its impact.

Directive word: 

ElaborateGive a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by highlighting some of the ideals and values of the Indian constitution as enshrined in the Preamble.

Body:

Associate the ideals and values with leaders such as Gandhi- Local Governance, Nehru – Socialist state, Ambedkar – Equality (social-economic-political), Buddha- Inclusive society and few others  and you may also link it with the relevant articles of the constitution.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stating that the constitution was framed based on the Indian Independence struggle and a major part of it is shaped on the ideals of our leaders along with some being borrowed from other constitutions based on the suitability to our society.