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

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Governors' Role and Tribal Areas

The institution of the governor has been sidelined in the administering of tribal areas despite clear constitutional guidelines to the contrary. At least apropos this issue, it begs the question whether the institution is relevant to Indian democracy, but for a start, the empowerment of the role of governor is a must.

In recent weeks, many have claimed that India’s system of state governors should be abandoned. Defenders of the office suggest that governors are important, primarily through their broad constitutional duties. But getting rid of this important position – or even reducing it to a purely ceremonial position – would be a serious mistake.

The new Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has replaced many governors from their office as they were appointed by its predecessor, the United Progressive Alliance, by pressurising them to resign before their terms ended. This belligerent move by the government illustrates as to how the gubernatorial office has been viewed as an agent of the centre.

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