The SC must end partisan federalism

The SC must end partisan federalism: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power in 2014 with a slim popular mandate that produced a parliamentary majority. Its manifesto posited: “Power is currently concentrated in Delhi and t


February 10, 2016
Whither federalism?
This refers to the excellent article “The SC must end partisan federalism” (The Hindu, February 10) which can form the basis for taking the debate on federalism forward. The current decade is witnessing a peculiar situation in Indian political system in regard to hierarchical issues from the role of the President to running of local self-government bodies. Several issues which can have only political solution through democratic processes are getting referred to judiciary for decision. Ideally, courts should desist from the temptation to consider issues which should be decided by elected legislatures after due deliberations.
To restore the efficiency of parliamentary democracy, Centre should take the initiative to evolve a political consensus on the need for parliament, state legislatures and other democratic institutions to function smoothly. This will call for certain amount of give and take as regards sharing of power and resources.
M G Warrier, Mumbai


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