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Listen: 'What Governor Ravi Did in His Tamil Nadu Speech Was Out of Order and Impertinent'

Senior lawyer in the Supreme Court Raju Ramachandran says he has never seen a time like now when so many state governors are at loggerheads with their respective state governments.

The post of the Governor came into being on January 26, 1950, and was created as a link between states and the Union government. Since then, there have been model governors who have gone by the constitution and some who have not, and tried to disturb the elected government.

Lately many of them have been at loggerheads with the local government. “I have never seen so many of them at the same time,” says senior lawyer in the Supreme Court Raju Ramachandran in this podcast discussion with Sidharth Bhatia.

In Tamil Nadu, the government had prepared a speech that spoke about the tall leaders who had inspired the Dravida movement – including Periyar, Ambedkar and Karunanidhi. Governor R.N. Ravi dropped parts of it and changed the name of the state in his speech. “It was totally out of order,” says Ramachandran.

He also talks about the constitution. “India has one of the most enlightened constitutions in the world,” which mentions both rights and duties, he says.

“But no government will emphasise on the rights,” he adds.