On 23rd September, 2015, Vidhi organized ‘A Conversation on Cooperative Federalism’. The theme of the event was centred on Vidhi’s second briefing book on Cooperative Federalism – From rhetoric to reality.
The book takes a closer look at specific practices of the Indian federation, that are of contemporary relevance, to try and arrive at a normative solutions that take cooperative federalism from rhetoric to reality. It looks at 20 contemporary issues of federalism, and proposes solutions under the framework of cooperative federalism, under four themes:
• Statehood and Security
• Institutions and Incentives for Cooperation
• Financial Relations between Centre and State
• The Sharing of Natural Resources
The book was released by Dr. Y. V. Reddy (former Governor, RBI and Chairperson of the 14th Finance Commission) and Justice (Retd.) B. N. Srikrishna (former Supreme Court Judge and chairman of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms). The event started with a welcome address by Dr. A. S. Ganguly followed by the speech by Dr. Reddy and Justice Srikrishna.