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The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to spurn the practice of the term ‘Central government’ in its official communications and replace it with ‘Union government’ is a key step towards regaining the consciousness of our Constitution. Examine.

Topic: Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

6. The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to spurn the practice of the term ‘Central government’ in its official communications and replace it with ‘Union government’ is a key step towards regaining the consciousness of our Constitution. Examine. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

Tamil Nadu’s decision to replace the term ‘Central government’ with the Union government in its official communications and significance with respect to no mention of the term in Indian constitution.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the impact of the recent decision taken by the Tamil Nadu government.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to shun the usage of the term ‘Central government’ in its official communications and replace it with ‘Union government’.

Body:

After going through the 395 Articles in 22 Parts and eight Schedules in the original Constitution, it can be stated that the term ‘Centre’ or ‘Central government’ is nowhere used.

Even though there is no reference to the ‘Central government’ in the original Constitution, the General Clauses Act, 1897 gives a definition for it.

Therefore, the real question is whether such definition for ‘Central government’ is constitutional as the Constitution itself does not approve of centralizing power.

Conclusion:

Conclude that the term ‘Union government’ has a unifying effect. And that such a discussion will provoke consciousness of the constitution.