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Accepting this will quell insecure and false notions of nationalism.
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The idea reeks of political expediency.
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The recent state elections have proven once again that the Indian people want a true federation. Above all other factors, people voted for local accountability. These results don't mean a rejection of a strong Centre, or a vote for or against Modi, or a lack of nationalistic feeling. They show people's natural desire to control their own affairs.
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India's founders set out to build a strong Centre with independent state governments. But their experiment failed. Our state governments are not fully accountable - they depend on the Centre for survival and funds. People are routinely left with no local government, or one that is not focused on local issues. This hurts governance just where it touches people most. India's so-called strong Centre is too distant to provide any real representation or participation. What's most menacing, however, is that instead of adding strength, this is endangering our nation's security.
Not all is right in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Some old British-rule-era habits die hard, or maybe they never die at all, for some imperial habits are essential for maintaining undemocratic dominance over democratically elected undesirables. Thus, New Delhi struck again, this time through the office of the governor of Arunachal Pradesh.