Q- Here are some false statements. Identify the mistake in each case and rewrite these correctly based on what you have read in this chapter.
(a) Leaders of the freedom movement had an open mind about whether the country should be democratic or not after independence.
(b) Members of the Constituent Assembly of India held the same views on all provisions of the constitutions.
(c) A country that has constitution must be a democracy.
(d) Constitution cannot be amended because it is the supreme law of a country.
Answer- (a) The leaders of the freedom movement were of the stern mind that India will be a democratic country after Independence. The leaders of the Indian independence Movement participated in the provisional election in British India. The leaders of the independence movement within the constituent assembly formed a democratic constitution for Independent India. The Motilal Nehru report supported by the INC envisioned the Universal adult franchise for Independent India.
(b) The members of the constituent assembly did not have the same opinion on all the provisions of the constitution. The text of the constitution was debated for 114 days and there were more than 2000 amendments that were moved. These showed that the members had different point of views.
(c) A democracy ensures that political representatives are elected through elections. A constitution may or may not have this provision such as of Saudi Arabia. So a country which has a constitution does not guarantee that is a democracy.
(d) Constitution can be amended with a long consultation procedure.