Discord in Puducherry

 

 

 

Discord in Puducherry

The CM’s protest against the L-G raises key issues that must be resolved early
This round of conflict(संघर्ष/टकराव) between Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi has been more serious than those in the past. Mr. Narayanasamy sat in protest(विरोध/अस्वीकार) for six days, before the two could meet to hold talks to resolve(समाधान करना/संकल्प) a set of issues he raised(उठाया) in a letter earlier this month. He has been opposing(विरोधी) what he calls Ms. Bedi’s “high-handedness(मनमानी/ज्यादती)” and tendency(प्रवृत्ति/इच्छा) to interfere(हस्तक्षेप ) in the administration. The two have had differences on many issues(मुद्दे) over the last two years. Such problems are an obvious(स्पष्ट /प्रत्यक्ष) consequence(परिणाम/महत्त्व) of the political structure(संरचना) of Union Territories((केंद्र शासित प्रदेश), in which the Administrator, as the nominee of the President, enjoys powers superior to the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers(मंत्रिमंडल/मन्त्रि-परिषद्). The trigger for the latest stand-off seems to have been Ms. Bedi’s move to enforce(लागू करना/बाध्य करना) the rule for two-wheeler riders(दोपहिया वाहन सवार) to wear helmets(हेलमेट पहनें।). While the Chief Minister believes it can be enforced only after raising(फैलाना) awareness(जागरूकता ), Ms. Bedi wants it implemented(कार्यान्वित) immediately(तुरंत/हाथोंहाथ।). However, the Chief Minister insists( जोर दिया) that his protest has nothing to do with this. He lists the blocking of welfare schemes(कल्याणकारी योजनाएं) such as the free rice scheme and enhanced(बढ़ी हुई) scholarship for Scheduled Caste students, among other actions of the L-G, as the real issues. Whatever be the origin(उत्पत्ति/स्रोत) of this conflict, the sight of a Chief Minister on an indefinite(अनिश्चितकालीन ) dharna is not seemly. It could not have gone on indefinitely, and the fact that a dialogue was formally initiated(शुरू की,), albeit(यद्यपि/हालांकि) after much delay, is a welcome development.

Central to the conflict is the question whether Ms. Bedi is acting within her powers or exceeding(अत्यधिक) her brief(संक्षिप्त/ख़ुलासा) in seeking(मांग/खोजना) to play a proactive role(सक्रिय भूमिका) in the affairs(मामले/कार्य) of the Union Territory. Under the Constitution(संविधान/बनावटॅ), the territory belongs to the President, who runs it through the L-G as Administrator. However, under Section 44 of the Union Territories Act, 1963, the Administrator has to act on the ‘aid and advice(सहायता और सलाह ‘)’ of the Council of Ministers. At the same time, any difference of opinion between them can be referred to the President, and in the meantime the Administrator’s action prevails on any urgent matter. This scheme, which gives a clear edge(स्पष्ट किनारा) to the Centre, can work only if there is harmony between the Council and the L-G. It would be unfortunate(दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण ) if individuals(व्यक्तियों ) occupying(कब्जा) Raj Nivas in any Union Territory with a Legislative Assembly get carried away and ignore or undermine(कमजोर/भूमि में खोदना) the elected body. Last year, ruling on the limits of the L-G’s powers in Delhi, the Supreme Court stressed(ज़ोर देना/प्रभाव) the need for the L-G as well as people’s representatives(जनप्रतिनिधि) to “function in harmony(मेल/एकता) within constitutional parameters”. The L-G was cautioned against having a hostile(शत्रुतापूर्ण ) attitude(रवैया) towards(की ओर) the Ministers. There is no reason why that principle cannot be extended to Puducherry, which has a longer record of elected governments.

 

Important Vocabulary

1. conflict(संघर्ष/टकराव)
Synonyms: battle, clash, combat, competition, rivalry
Antonyms: peace, truce, agreement, calm, harmony

2. protest(विरोध/अस्वीकार)
Synonyms: challenge, demonstration, dissent, objection, outcry
Antonyms: agreement, answer, calm, concurrence, harmony

3. interfere(हस्तक्षेप )
Synonyms: hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, intrude
Antonyms: advance, aid, allow, assist, encourage

4. opposing(विरोधी)
Synonyms: antagonistic, conflicting, contending, rival, adverse
Antonyms: agreeable, allied

5. albeit(यद्यपि/हालांकि)
Synonyms: admitting, even if, even though, notwithstanding

6. awareness(जागरूकता
Synonyms: alertness, appreciation, attention, consciousness, experience
Antonyms: disregard, ignorance, neglect, misunderstanding, unfamiliarity

7. origin(उत्पत्ति/स्रोत)
Synonyms: ancestor, ancestry, connection, element, influence
Antonyms: conclusion, effect, end, ending, result

8. consequence(परिणाम/महत्त्व)
Synonyms: aftereffect, aftermath, effect, fallout, issue
Antonyms: cause, origin, source, beginning, commencement

9. affairs(मामले/कार्य) 
Synonyms: case, employment, event, incident, interest
Antonyms: entertainment, fun, hobby, irresponsibility, surrender

10. undermine(कमजोर/भूमि में खोदना)
Synonyms: blunt, cripple, erode, frustrate, hurt
Antonyms: aid, assist, build, construct, create

11. harmony(मेल/एकता)
Synonyms: conformity, consensus, consistency, cooperation, friendship
Antonyms: disagreement, discord, dislike, hatred, incompatibility

12. hostile(शत्रुतापूर्ण )
Synonyms: adverse, belligerent, bitter, contentious, contrary
Antonyms: agreeable, aiding, favorable, friendly, good

13. brief(संक्षिप्त/ख़ुलासा)
Synonyms: abrupt, blunt, concise, pithy, succinct
Antonyms: expansive, lengthy, long-winded, wordy, benevolent

14. exceeding(अत्यधिक)
Synonyms: eclipse, outpace, outstrip, top, beat

15. enforce(लागू करना/बाध्य करना)
Synonyms: accomplish, administer, apply, carry out, implement
Antonyms: cease, halt, not finish, refuse, stop

16. obvious(स्पष्ट /प्रत्य
Synonyms: accessible, clear, conspicuous, discernible, distinct
Antonyms: ambiguous, concealed, dark, disputable, doubtful

 

 

 

Credit To The Hindu News Paper

The CM’s protest against the L-G raises key issues that must be resolved early
This round of conflict between Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi has been more serious than those in the past. Mr. Narayanasamy sat in protest for six days, before the two could meet to hold talks to resolve a set of issues he raised in a letter earlier this month. He has been opposing what he calls Ms. Bedi’s “high-handedness” and tendency to interfere in the administration. The two have had differences on many issues over the last two years. Such problems are an obvious consequence of the political structure of Union Territories, in which the Administrator, as the nominee of the President, enjoys powers superior to the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers. The trigger for the latest stand-off seems to have been Ms. Bedi’s move to enforce the rule for two-wheeler riders to wear helmets. While the Chief Minister believes it can be enforced only after raising awareness, Ms. Bedi wants it implemented immediately. However, the Chief Minister insists that his protest has nothing to do with this. He lists the blocking of welfare schemes such as the free rice scheme and enhanced scholarship for Scheduled Caste students, among other actions of the L-G, as the real issues. Whatever be the origin of this conflict, the sight of a Chief Minister on an indefinite dharna is not seemly. It could not have gone on indefinitely, and the fact that a dialogue was formally initiated, albeit after much delay, is a welcome development.

Central to the conflict is the question whether Ms. Bedi is acting within her powers or exceeding her brief in seeking to play a proactive role in the affairs of the Union Territory. Under the Constitution, the territory belongs to the President, who runs it through the L-G as Administrator. However, under Section 44 of the Union Territories Act, 1963, the Administrator has to act on the ‘aid and advice’ of the Council of Ministers. At the same time, any difference of opinion between them can be referred to the President, and in the meantime the Administrator’s action prevails on any urgent matter. This scheme, which gives a clear edge to the Centre, can work only if there is harmony between the Council and the L-G. It would be unfortunate if individuals occupying Raj Nivas in any Union Territory with a Legislative Assembly get carried away and ignore or undermine the elected body. Last year, ruling on the limits of the L-G’s powers in Delhi, the Supreme Court stressed the need for the L-G as well as people’s representatives to “function in harmony within constitutional parameters”. The L-G was cautioned against having a hostile attitude towards the Ministers. There is no reason why that principle cannot be extended to Puducherry, which has a longer record of elected governments.

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