Need to address issues causing political instability in north-west region stressed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2015 22:15 IST

The department of distance education organised a two-day national seminar on 'Dynamics of Politics in North-West India' at Punjabi University on Monday. The seminar was sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Presiding over the function, Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of the university, said that national and regional political compulsions obstructing the socio-economic development and causing political instability in the region must be addressed.

"The myth that strengthening of the federal structure will lead to the demand for separate statehood must be broken," he said. Meanwhile, he also opined that environment of trust be built to balance and strengthen the regional and Centre-state relations.

Delivering the keynote address, Professor SS Narang, former head, department of political science at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, said four states - Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh - comprise the north-western region of the country's present distinctive political complexions and commonalities.

He said that all the four states are almost facing similar challenges of crass populism, brazen extravagance and fiscal tightness, degradation of environment and declining gender ratios.

"These issues demand development of the growth model aiming at establishing conducive environment for fulfilling the ideologies of democracy through politics of consensus, he said.

Introducing the theme, Professor JA Khan, said that state politics is always fluctuating under the constantly changing variables like ethos and ideals. He said that states in the north-western region are strategically significant and the state of their political affairs always has a direct bearing on the safety and security of the nation.

Head of the department Balbir Singh briefed audience with the achievements of the department.

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