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Seminars Organised by the Centre:

Dimensions of Federal Nation Building (March 1997)

Lokpal Legislation (April 1997)

Human Rights in Federal India (April 1998)

Free India: Retrospect and Prospects (August 1998)

Human Rights: Fifty Years After Universal Declaration (December 1998)

Nation-Building in India (March 1999)

Indian Federal Polity (October 1999)

Mobilisation, Participation and Development: Old Issues and New Challenges in Fifty Years of India's Constitution (March 2000)

Human Rights (December 2000)

Religion and Politics: Implications for Federal Nation Building

Environmental Law and Management: A Federal View (August 2001)

Federalism and Power-Sharing (September 2001)

The Nation and the Minorities (October 2001)

Contemporary Issues in Indian Federalism (March 2002)

Structure and Change: Indian Federalism (Dec.2002)

Union-State Relations in India (March 2003)

International Theme Conference on "Distribution of Responsibilities in Federal Polities", under the Global Project on Federalism in the 21st Century (November 2003)

Conference of the International Association of Centres of Federal Studies (November 2003)

National Seminar on Governance and Public Policy (March 2004)

Good Governance in A Federal Nation (jointly with the Inter-State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India) (March 2004)

New Dimensions of Federalism (March 2007)

Managing Diversity: The Electoral System and Processes in India (February 2008)

Diversities and Plural Identities in the Federal System (November 2008)

Human Development and Human Rights: Issues for Good Governance (March 2009)

Indian Federalism and Current Demands for Statehood (February 2010)

Science, Ethics and Human Rights (February 2011)







Events/Programmes held


The Centre organized a day long Seminar on Indian Federalism and Current Demands for Statehood held on 20 February 2010 at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teenmurti House, New Delhi. The seminar attracted a mix of academics, scholar-researchers, policy makers; leaders of the movements for autonomy and statehood, persons belong to different political parties and groups including Mr. Keshav Rao and Raja Bundela. The rationale and logic of statehood demand was discussed. The leaders of the movement for the creation of Telangana, Gorkhaland, vidarbha, Harit Pradesh and Bundelkhand along with a host of other groups advanced their claims of statehood. While advancing their claims they deliberated on the justification and logic of such creation.

It emerged from the deliberation that the statehood demands are subject to a combination of economic, social –cultural and political factors. It was also pointed out that there is need to revisit the federal framework of India and fresh look at the entire process of state formation in India.




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