Legal Luminaries from Across India Discuss Federalism in India at The National Level Seminar Organised by NMIMS SOL Hyderabad


Hyderabad: SVKM’s NMIMS Hyderabad School of Law organised a national-level virtual seminar on the topic, ‘Federalism in India: Prospects and Pitfalls’. The enriching discussion was held to deliberate upon the different dimensions of federalism in India.

The session was attended by a large number of eminent guests from across the country. The attendees included well-known personalities from the legal fraternity, policy-makers, and academicians from diverse disciplines, as well as eager students who wished to gain an insightful understanding of the various aspects of India’s federal structure.

Shri K. Surender, Hon’ble Justice, High Court of Telangana, graced the event as the Chief Guest. The NMIMS Hyderabad leadership who attended the event included Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh, Director and Dr. Mohammed Samiulla Arab, Associate Dean, School of Law. The significant session was held to discuss the scope of federalism in India, the constitutional framework behind it, the challenges facing it and the role of the judicial system in effectively upholding the federal structure of our Constitution.

The distinguished personalities shared their rich insights on the constitutional, political, economic and social dimensions of federalism in India. Eminent scholars from across India reflected upon the prospects and challenges in a federal state. Furthermore, 41 diverse peer-reviewed papers on the topic were presented at the session.

Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh expressed gratitude towards the attendees at the session and welcomed them to express their own opinions on the themes of the session. Presenting his opinion on the topic, he said, “Being a diverse country, India is replete with federal challenges. While the centre and the states cooperate with each other on most occasions, there are bound to be some disagreements.”

Underlining the significance of federalism, Honourable Justice K. Surender opined, “Cooperative Federalism between the central and the state governments has played a significant role in protecting the diversity of our country and keeping us united amid socio-economic challenges and disparities.”

 Dr. Mohammed Samiulla Arab, in his speech, enlisted the roles and responsibilities of legislative bodies and asserted that India was a federal state where the central and state governments worked in cohesion with each other. Emphasising the significance of federalism in a globalised world, he said, “In today’s globalised world, India is faced with many possibilities and challenges. The central and state governments must synergise with each other and leverage the opportunities provided by globalisation.”

 Discussing the constitutional framework behind federalism in India, the illustrious speaker pointed out that the constitution clearly listed the powers and responsibilities of both the central as well as the state governments, but considering India’s rich diversity, there was bound to be overlapping of powers. They reposed their faith in the Indian judiciary in upholding and protecting the spirit of federalism in India.

The session turned out to be an effective platform for the School of Law students at NMIMS Hyderabad to engage with legal luminaries. The seminar was also an effective step in NMIMS’ endeavour to enrich and diversify students’ learning experiences.

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