Reflections on a Global Dialogue on Federalism

Dr. George Mathew, Director of India’s Institute of Social Sciences (left) and Forum Vice-President Rupak Chattopadhyay (right) look on as Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer, former Union Minister of Panchayati Raj (rural local government), presents the sixth volume of the Global Dialogue book series, titled Local Government and Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems.

India’s Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) recently hosted a review of the Forum’s Global Dialogue on Federalism series of roundtables and publications in New Delhi. More than 30 federalism experts participated, including past Global Dialogue roundtable co-ordinators and representatives of universities, research institutes, civil society and media.

After a welcome from Dr. George Mathew of the Institute of Social Sciences, Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer, former Union Minister of Panchayati Raj (rural local government), launched the sixth volume of the Global Dialogue book series, titled Local Government and Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems.

Forum Vice-President Rupak Chattopadhyay then spoke about the history of the Global Dialogue series. "Over the last decade the Global Dialogue series has emerged not only has the Forum’s most recognized product, but also as the most comprehensive collection on comparative federalism”, noted Mr. Chattopadhyay. "The sheer scale of the enterprise is without parallel.”

Participants reflected on how various Global Dialogue themes related to current issues of federalism in India including the concepts of diversity and citizenship, the limited resources of India’s regional governments and the need for intergovernmental relations in India to become more interactive and inclusive.

The event, held on September 3, 2009, concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Ash Narain Roy, Associate Director of the ISS.


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