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After reading this chapter, three students drew different conclusions. Which of these do you agree with and why? Give your reasons in about 50 words.
Thomman - Power sharing is necessary only in societies that have religious, linguistic or ethnic divisions.
Mathayi – Power sharing is suitable only for big countries that have regional divisions.
Joseph – Every society needs some form of power-sharing even if it is small or does not have social divisions.


Solution

Joseph's statement is the most logical, and thus, should be agreed on. Every society needs some form of power-sharing even if it is small or does not have social divisions. A democratic society is one where its members or citizens through participation acquire a stake in the system. Power-sharing not only prevents conflict between various groups in the society but it also generates a sense of belongingness among them to society. Power-sharing helps to maintain a balance of power among various institutions and also keep a check on how it is exercised. Irrespective of the size of a country or the type of a society, people will be more satisfied where they have a say in the functioning and decision making processes of the system.


Social Science
NCERT
Standard X

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