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Centre and states should work in unison for country's growth 04 July, 2012

Prof. Sandhya Kode

Dr. Bishnu Charan Choudhury, Professor of Political Science Department, Berhampur University was the chief guest in the National Weekly Discussion envisaged by MHRD under NME-ICT on July 4, 2012.

The topic of the session was Federalism in India.

Federalism: Ideal option

In his keynote address, Dr. Bishnu said federalism is an ideal form of government for people among whom there is a considerable amount of diversity. "It is the only form of government that has so far been found ideal to countries of vast size, divided into provinces with various problems."

He underlined that, it is imperative that on some national issues, both the Union and the State Governments should work in unison, even though it may be ruled by different political outfits.

Challenges

"The future of Indian federalism depends upon its ability to respond to the challenges. A policy of moderation, accommodation and compromise in dealing with Union-State conflicts would go a long way in reconciling the national interest with the interests of the States. And, it is the best safeguard of unity and integrity of the nation," Dr. Bishnu remarked.

Arguments

On the occasion, he drawn light into various tussles between the centre and some states.

"The Chief Ministers of Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal had opposed the inclusion of Lok Pal and Lokayukta in the Central Legislation on the ground that it violated the federal structure of the constitution," he pointed out.

Participants

Around 21 Universities including Sasi Institute of Tech and Science, Himalaya Institute of Medical Science, IASE University Rajasthan, International Institute of Population Studies, Mizoram University, NIT Karnataka, Bharath Polytechnic College and Sambalpur University participated.

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