Topic – Part of static series under the heading – “Powers of president”
1) Discuss the control that president can exercise on the executive by virtue of his/her discretionary powers?(250 words)
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to describe the discretionary powers of the president and how through these powers the president becomes more than just a nominal head.
DISCUSS – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments. Here we have to debate the discretionary powers of the president as to whether or not they are required in a West Ministerial system.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – You can start by mentioning some of the terms used to describe the president – nominal head, titular head, ceremonial post etc.
Body – Examine the powers of the president. Discuss his discretionary powers and how through his discretionary powers he does indeed hold a position more than being just a ceremonial head. You can mention the relevant constitutional provisions as well. Thereafter debate whether it is desirable in a prime ministerial form of government for the president to have a say. Mention both sides of the debate.
Conclusion – Mention that despite BR Ambedkar opining that president is merely a ceremonial head, he can through his discretionary powers wield at least moral authority over the government.