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2) Critically analyze, whether the  National Capital Territory of Delhi should be given statehood or not.(250 words)

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

2) Critically analyze, whether the  National Capital Territory of Delhi should be given statehood or not.(250 words)

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Why this question

The NCT of Delhi has been surrounded by a lot of controversy, especially since the incumbent government took power. There have been calls for giving full-statehood to the UT. However, giving full statehood to Delhi comes with its own pros and cons. The issue is related to GS 2 syllabus under the following heading-

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to dig deep into the issue and identify the pros as well as cons of providing statehood to NCT. We have to form a personal opinion  after considering both the sides of such a decision.

Directive word

Critically analyze- we have to dig deep into the issue and write in detail about the positive as well as negative implications of providing statehood to NCT. Based on our discussion, we have to form a personal opinion on the issue.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – mention that the 69th Amendment of the Constitution in 1992 gave the National Capital of Delhi, special status with its own democratically elected government and legislative assembly.

Body-

  • Discuss the positive implications of giving full statehood to Delhi. E.g respecting democracy, decreasing friction between the Centre and NCT, better governance and accountability of the government etc.
  • Discuss the negative implications of giving full statehood to Delhi. E.g the present system in place has worked finely before, the problem of having two governments in the same city-State, various administrative problems related to management of security in the capital etc.

Refer to other sources also in order to frame your answer.

Conclusion– Based on your discussion, form a concise, fair and a balanced opinion on the issue.