India News | Federalism should be the subject of the national discourse: Thomas Isaac

New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Former Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said on Saturday that federalism should be a topic of national discourse as efforts are being made to undermine the federal structure.

The comments by Isaac, also a senior CPI(M) official, come against the backdrop of continuing tensions between the governors of Kerala and Tamil Nadu with the respective state governments over various issues.

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Taking a dig at the Center, Isaac said there is a government that does not believe in diversity and there are efforts to homogenize the country.

“Every opportunity is there to undermine the federal system…it’s a terrible situation,” Isaac said, adding that federalism must be a topic of national discourse.

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Isaac was delivering the Fifth LC Jain Memorial Lecture on “Challenges of Federalism: Tensions Among Negotiating Center States.”

LC Jain was a Gandhi activist and writer.

Referring to tensions between Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the state government, Isaac said such a thing had never happened before and there was civility in the speech.

The ceremony was organized by the LC Jain family and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

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Jessica C. Bell