What are the merits and demerits of Written Constitution ?

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Merits of Written Constitution:

1. The written constitution is very clear and precise. It is free from doubts and ambiguity

2. The written constitution lays emphasis on rule of law.

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3. The written constitution is indispensable to federalism. It properly distributes powers between the centre and federal units – states or provinces.

4. The written constitution protects the fundamental rights of the individual, fundamental rights are very essential for the liberty of the individual, and rights are part of a written constitution. It will be unconstitutional to deprive individual of any of these rights.

5. The written constitution protects the interests of minorities.

6. As a written constitution is clear, the ruler (government) cannot exercise powers arbitrarily. A written constitution prevents arbitrary and whimsical

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Demerits of Written constitution:

1. A written constitution cannot easily cope with the changes taking place in c: of time. With the passage of time changes take place in the condition of a country. The constitution needs revision or modification to deal with such changes, a written constitution, being rigid, is not easily amenable to necessary modification or revision.

2. When a written constitution fails to cope with the march of time and consequent changes in the condition of the country, the people, being angry, may revolt against the government.

3. As a written constitution gives more importance to written laws, the importance of public opinion decreases.

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4. In a country with a written constitution, customs, traditions and conventions their value.

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