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Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) has often been criticised as a “draconian Act” for the unbridled power it gives to the armed forces. Should it repealed? Comment.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

4. Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) has often been criticised as a “draconian Act” for the unbridled power it gives to the armed forces. Should it repealed? Comment. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The killing of civilians in a botched ambush by the armed forces in Nagaland’s Mon district on Saturday and its violent fallout have put the spotlight on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958.

Key Demand of the question:

To comment as to whether or not AFSPA be repealed.

Directive word: 

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about aims of AFSPA.

Body:

First, mention the broad features of AFSPA.

Next, giving context of killing of innocent civilians in Nagaland and other instances of its misuse. Mentions pros and cons of AFSPA.

Conclusion:

Conclude by commenting on the action that India must take with regards to AFSPA.