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3)“The moral value of fundamental duties would be not to smother rights but to establish a democratic balance by making the people conscious of their duties equally as they are conscious of their rights”. Discuss(250 words)

Topic – Part of static series under the head “Fundamental duties”

3)“The moral value of fundamental duties would be not to smother rights but to establish a democratic balance by making the people conscious of their duties equally as they are conscious of their rights”. Discuss(250 words)

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to discuss the relevance of fundamental duties in a democracy,  its comparison with fundamental duties and how the two can be reconciled. We also need to discuss the shortcomings of fundamental duties in terms of making people conscious.

Directive word

Discuss – Here the points mentioned above are to be discussed in detail.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Mention the history of fundamental duties and the constitutional provisions related to the same.

Body

  • Discuss the purpose of fundamental duties – rights are to be accompanied with duties and the citizens need to follow certain guiding principles to ensure that society and nation progresses
  • Examine why this is critical for democracy.
  • Compare fundamental rights and duties and highlight how duties are not infringements on the rights of a person but aim to make the environment more conducive for the enjoyment of such rights.
  • Highlight the shortcoming as well – vague nature, low awareness etc

Conclusion – Discuss any reform which you feel should be incorporated in duties to make it more reflective of the current environment.