Why is the Prime Minister in India not directly elected by the people? Choose the most appropriate answer and give reasons for your choice.
a. In a Parliamentary democracy, only the leader of the majority party in the Lok Sabha can become the Prime Minister.
b. Lok Sabha can remove the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, evens before the expiry of their term.
c. Since the Prime Minister is appointed by the President, there is no need for it.
d. Direct election of the Prime Minister will involve a lot of expenditure on election.
After reading the example of the reservation order, three students had different reactions about the role of the judiciary. Which view, according to you, is a correct reading of the role of judiciary?
a. Srinivas argues that since the Supreme Court agreed with the government, it is not independent.
b. Anjaiah says that judiciary is independent because it could have given a verdict against the government order. The Supreme Court did direct the government to modify it.
c. Vijaya thinks that the judiciary is neither independent nor conformist, but acts as a mediator between opposing parties. The court struck a good balance between those who supported and those who opposed the order.
A teacher was making preparations for a mock parliament. She called two students to act as leaders of two political parties. She gave them an option: Each one could choose to have a majority either in the mock Lok Sabha or in the mock Rajya Sabha. If this choice was given to you, which one would you choose and why?
Three friends went to watch a film that showed the hero becoming Chief Minister for a day and making big changes in the state. Imran said this is what the country needs. Rizwan said this kind of personal rule without institutions is dangerous. Shankar said all this is a fantasy. No minister can do anything in one day. What would be your reaction to such a film?
Of all the institutions that we have studied in this chapter, name the one that exercises the powers on each of the following matters.
a. Decision on allocation of money for developing infrastructure like roads, irrigation etc. and different welfare activities for the citizens
b. Considers the recommendation of a Committee on a law to regulate the stock exchange,
c. Decides on a legal dispute between two state governments
d. Implements the decision to provide relief for the victims of an earthquake
Match the ministry with the news that the ministry may have released:
|A new policy is being made to increase the jute exports from the country||Ministry of Defence|
|Telephone services will be made more accessible to rural areas||Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Public Distribution|
|The price of rice and wheat sold under the Public Distribution System will go down||Ministry of Health|
|A pulse polio campaign will be launched||Ministry of Commerce and Industry|
|The allowances of the soldiers posted on high altitudes will be increased||Ministry of Communications and Information Technology|