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Inquiries into Police Firings

the Union government is spending and is going to spend, will be contributed by men and women from all over the country; sooner or later, they may come to resent these payments while many of their own essential needs are not being looked into. But, then, you would say, are not such commitments at the very core of a federal arrangement? It is a Union of .States, and, when the Union is in peril, or things go wrong in some states, the other states chip in, they contribute their mite so that the Union could survive. As far as enunciation of principles goes, this statement is just and true. A few other conditions too however attach to a federal arrangement, such as that if you want to live, you must also let live; if you want to take, you must also give, the flow of bounty should never be unilateral. National Integration Councils and their homilies are a banality; once the mind has been battered, synthetic adhesives are thoroughly useless. Some grievances are imaginary; then again, many others are not. Some of the injustices rendered to this or that state are the product of genuine accident or absentmindedness, some others are however purposely engineered and executed. If nothing is done to redress the harm caused by them, and, on the contrary, subterfuges are sought so as to postpone indefinitely the restitution of wrongs, it is a direct invitation to trouble. You can, for example, continue to weave words and syllogisms, but it is going to be a forlorn venture to try to convince the eastern states that, of all the items produced in the diverse corners of Mother India, the freight on iron, steel and cement alone needs to be equalised all over the country, and of none else. If this is federal justice, they will prefer to opt out of its logic; it will be a sad day for the Union of India.

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