ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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POTA and Federalism

Debates surrounding POTA have focused largely on its abuse and misuse. The manner in which POTA has unfolded, however, shows another trend that needs to be examined. Surreptitiously but surely, POTA is figuring in centre-state relations as a centralising force. While from a civil rights perspective it is immaterial whether citizens suffer at the hands of the central or state governments, it is important to see this process of centralisation as a tendency that is counterproductive in a polity that sees federalism as a manifestation of democratic decentralisation and a means to preserve political/ideological and cultural plurality.

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