Why Did the Makers of Our Constitution Declare India to Be a ‘Uunion of States’? Why Were Some Sub-political Units of India Given a Special Status?

  • India became a Union of States because it consisted of both British-ruled territories as well as many princely states. Some sub-political units of India have a special status.
  • French and Portuguese-ruled territories were given the status of Union territory.
  • Jammu & Kashmir joined India on a special condition.
  • Some units were too small to become independent states. They were made Union Territories.
  • States in the north-east have been given a special status as they have a large tribal population with a distinct history and culture.

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