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Pandian, pride and BJP’s path to power in Odisha

The unprecedented verdict in Odisha is a telling reminder not to take the voters for granted.

Bhubaneswar, June 04 (ANI): BJP supporters celebrate the party's lead in the Odisha Assembly and Lok Sabha election results, in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
(Prahlad Mahato)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:34 AM IST

In Odisha, visible progress up against intangible pride

The 2024 election outcome has clear ramifications for Patnaik’s 24-year legacy and the survival of the BJD as a strong regional outfit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in Jajpur district of the state. (PTI)
Published on May 20, 2024 01:23 AM IST

India’s federal balance collapsed in the second wave

While there were a set of complex reasons for such a weak response, a contributory factor was also the breakdown of Centre-state cooperation. While this cooperation was instrumental to the successes in first wave, as infections exploded, the Centre and the states blamed each other

Representational image. (PTI)
Published on Jul 09, 2021 05:24 PM IST
ByNiranjan Sahoo and Ambar Kumar Ghosh

Proposing a new governance structure for Delhi

A two-tier structure, with elected municipalities for each city district, which share power in a regional government with central representatives, can be a viable model

To a layperson, Delhi looks like any other Indian state, given that it has an assembly and a chief minister. In reality, it is a Union Territory, despite the 69th amendment transferring limited powers to an elected government in 1991. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 31, 2021 05:53 PM IST
ByNiranjan Sahoo and Rupak Chattopadhyay

On Delhi, the Centre’s move goes against the spirit of federalism

In short, the principle of subsidiarity demands that India’s national government take some cues from global trends and cede more powers to the city government in capital territory. The current bill by the Centre not only betrays the concept of “cooperative federalism” often espoused by the Union government, but will further complicate governance in India’s fastest growing mega-city.

Among other measures, the bill equates the term “government” in any law made by the legislative assembly to mean the Lieutenant- Governor (L-G). Importantly, the bill says that Delhi government will have to seek the opinion of L-G before it takes any executive action, whether by the Cabinet or individual minister. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 08:45 PM IST
ByNiranjan Sahoo

Can statehood solve Delhi’s problems?

Governments across the world are reluctant to cede power to the city-capitals, but with Delhi being larger than many states in India, it needs to have a relook at its relationship with Centre

Delhi government led by the AAP has been fighting a pitched battle with the BJP-led Centre for the city’s statehood. Starting this week, the AAP has decided to launch a drive for full statehood(Raj K Raj/HT)
Updated on Jun 12, 2018 01:05 PM IST
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