Debating India

Kalam asks Governors not to remain caged

Tuesday 14 June 2005

New Delhi, June 14. (PTI): President A P J Abdul Kalam today asked Governors and Lt Governors not to "remain caged in the confines" of the political world or ancestry and ensure the Governor’s office is a "beacon light in the affairs of the state."

"You will all agree that the Constitution has provided for a special role for the Governor. It is a position with sanctity. Governor’s office is a beacon light in the affairs of the State," he said inaugurating the second Governors’ Conference here.

Kalam said while there were many checks and balances provided by the Constitution, the office of the Governor was bestowed with the independence to rise above the day-to-day politics and override compulsions either emanating from the Central system or the State system.

"The Governor’s role is to distil the best of aspirations of the people from the vicissitudes of politics. It is like preserving the light of ’Dharma’," he said.

"The Governor by definition and in the spirit of our Constitution is the first citizen of the state. You have to decide whether you rise to be a first citizen or remain caged in the confines of your political or any other ancestry," the President said, adding "if you continue to nurture certain affiliations, many will hesitate in approaching you with suggestions and problems."

"This will lead to your isolation," the President warned.

See online : The Hindu

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