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Political Play
CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Can India succeed without state-union collaboration? 12 June, 2014
Can you recall the last occasion when a leader of one political group appreciated the works of the other political party? Or, can we even remember when for the last time the union and the state government/s had a consensus? Though the constitution of India is federal in nature with exclusive powers to the states and UTs; distinct parts of the nation are inseparable and combine to form ‘India’.
This means that the unitary character of our democratic and political setup cannot be denied. Sad to notice, however, that the politicians representing separate groups and the governments representing different Indian states are rarely united. With the formation and rise of countless political groups, politics has become an arena of competition, hatred, lust, and arrogance. It is depressing to note that the social service drive has absolutely disappeared, and the politicians have regarded politics as the way to get hold of money and power.

The flow of funds during polls, use of illicit measures, and unethical ways to accomplish goals substantiate the underlying fact that politics is no longer a way to serve humanity; rather this is an uncomplicated and powerful method of attaining whatever one desires. The makers of the constitution would never have anticipated such a downfall.

It was impressive, and above all, satisfying to hear the strong words of the President, Pranab Mukherjee, while he was addressing the combined session of the Parliament. Though Mr. Mukherjee has a lasting relationship with the Congress, he seemed unbiased and visionary.

His words reflected the potential of the present union government in delivering all that has been promised in the manifesto. He honestly counted the let downs of the UPA and UPA-2 reign and indicated the probable re-election of the Modi-led BJP in 2019. The President is surely positive and assured of the competence of Narendra Modi and his team of cabinet ministers.

The Prime Minister’s visionary goals and prosperity-oriented motives can rarely bring in the much-needed reformation until the state governments participate comprehensively in the evolution of the nation. Though Mr. Modi has the unbeaten capability of putting things in place on his own; with the support of the states and leaders of distinct political groups, the target can be attained swiftly and more effectively.

The five T’s of Mr. Modi viz. Tradition, Talent, Tourism, Trade, and Technology would surely work towards strengthening the roots; however states will have to contribute with real aims and above personal greediness. Even Mr. Modi realizes the vital role of the states in the process of nation-building. Working towards the sole aim of betterment of India, prosperity of the underprivileged, women and youth, and transparency and efficiency in the working of the government, Mr. Modi needs firm cooperation from every part of the society.

Plus, the general public will too have to apprehend the need of the hour and will have to part with the laid back attitude. Every public servant, representative, and guardian will have to think of the nation prior to looking for personal gains. Remember, the path to India’s glory passes through every state, every town, and every house.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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