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CBSE Class 10 - Social Science: Political Parties - Role Do Political Parties Play in Competition and Contestation

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Question

“Political parties are a necessary condition for a democracy”. Analyse the statement with examples.

Solution

Political parties are a necessary condition for a democracy because of the following reasons:

  • When societies develop, expand and become more complex in terms of social, economic and political relations, they need political parties to sustain governance.
  • Political parties tend to provide the base on which the praxis of government is built.
  • Political parties gather public views on various important issues, articulate them and then present them to the government, which is what democracy is.
  • Parties bring various representatives together, support or restrain government and its apparatus, develop policies, justify or oppose them in the public domain depending on their political ideology.
  • Finally, parties which fail to form the government form the opposition and monitor the actions of the ruling party, thereby preventing the misuse or abuse of limits imposed by the Constitution.
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Solution Concept: Role Do Political Parties Play in Competition and Contestation.
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