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Why was the constitution needed?



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  • When the oppressor and the oppressed plan to live together as equals, it is not easy to trust each other, they have their fears.
  • Each wanted to safeguard their interest. The only way to build and maintain trust in such a situation is to write down some rules that everyone would abide by.
  • These rules lay down how the rulers are to be chosen in future. They determine the powers of the elected government and what they cannot do.
  • These rules decide the rights of the citizen and will work only if the winners cannot change them easily.
  • All over the world people have difference of opinion and so any association, cooperative club, a political party or a government needs a constitution.