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Discuss the major provisions of Poona Pact. Was it a Precursor to affirmative actions post-independence? Examine.

Topic:  The Freedom Struggle —  its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

1. Discuss the major provisions of Poona Pact. Was it a Precursor to affirmative actions post-independence? Examine. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why this question:

Ambedkar Jayanti was observed throughout the country to commemorate the memory of B. R. Ambedkar yesterday.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the major provisions of Poona Pact and examine in what way it was a Precursor to affirmative actions post-independence in the country.

Directive:

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.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the background of the coming of Poona pact into action.

Body:

In late September 1932, B.R. Ambedkar negotiated the Poona Pact with Mahatma Gandhi in Yerwada Central Jail in Poona. Explain the major provisions of the pact. Discuss its significance; Recognition of the plight of the depressed class, gave them voice. Then move onto explain in what way it was a precursor  to the affirmative actions

Conclusion:

The concessions agreed to in the Poona Pact were precursors to the world’s largest affirmative programme launched in independent India. Post-Independence, a slew of measures were initiated to uplift Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, which included reservation in education and public sector jobs and in legislature