Saturday, September 10, 2011

But what have we now ?

Eight CMs, including two of Congress- ruled states, skipped the NIC meeting - Mamata Banerjee, Narendra Modi, Jayalalithaa, Nitish Kumar, Mayawati, Parkash Singh Badal, Ashok Gehlot and Ooman Chandy.

The National Integration Council (NIC) meeting in Delhi was called after a gap of three years.

West Bengal's finance minister Amit Mitra spelt out the Trinamool Congress's stand on the issue.

"Our government has serious objections to the introduction of such a Bill. The contemplated Bill is tantamount to a direct intervention of constitutional and functional powers of a state government and undermines the very principle of federalism.

"Instead of bringing such a Bill, we suggest that if serious violence breaks out in a state, the Centre should commit to give full cooperation to the state in handling such an exigency," Mitra said.

IMO: I am curious as to what happens next. I am thinking of the relevance of such procedures to other situations, such as the rather more homespun would-be U.S.E. and the 'ignorants' movement in Greece. They would have said in London "What London does today, Manchester does tomorrow" if anyone in London cared what happened elsewhere, and of course Manchester rather feebly but loudly inverts the reference. What I am saying could happen is, reasonably, "what Greece does today, the UK does tomorrow". Maybe there will be defenestration not just at Westminster, but of all the overpaid local Government buffoons, and plenty of the Nazi coppers as well. I am not expressing a view as to what should happen in the UK, but thank my lucky stars that I spend a lot of time in India..

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