Author: Chandra Chari
Editor(s): Chandra Chari
Publisher: Allied Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170233380
T C A Srinivasavaradan (1922-87) took his Master’s Degree from Christian College, Madras and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Madras Law College. He joined the first batch of the IAS in 1948. In the course of a distinguished career, he held many important posts in Madhya Pradesh and J & K. The greater part of his career however was spent in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He retired as Home Secretary in 1980.
Srinivasavaradan wrote a number of painstakingly researched papers on wide-ranging subjects such as the pluralistic problems of federalism in India, federal management, constitutional and administrative arrangements relevant in the context of ethnic tensions, reservation policies, etc. The papers provide a glimpse into the mind of a man who could review with detachment the events of a lifetime and set his perceptions in the wider context of the on-going realities of governing the vast, multi-dimensional entity that is India.
The problems inherent in the management of a federal entity of the size of India seems to have become more glaringly magnified during this last decade than ever before, since the Constitution was framed and adopted. The rapidly escalating tensions born out of regional, lingual, communal and ethnic problems seem to have telescoped in a matter of years in such a manner that today they threaten the very fabric of our nationhood. If the bubbling cauldron that India in the nineties seems to have become is to be contained and cooled, what is urgently called for is the political will towards a sound federal management. The mechanisms provided by the wise counsel of our Constitution-makers would have to become operational in letter and in spirit.
It is in this context that the articles included in this volume become relevant. Analyzing the nature of a larger, inclusive loyalty, of the hold of unity, notwithstanding the obvious diversities, Srinivasavaradan maintains in these articles as also in other s published elsewhere that there has always been a pervasive federal spirit to maintain both the diversity and unity of India by way of a continuous process of mutual adaptation.
At the end, an appendix gives the text of the Articles from the constitution of India referred to in the various chapters.
Indian Federalism and Its Pluralistic Problems
Reservation Policies in India
Appendix: Extracts from the Constitution of India