European Union and India : Lessons in governance
European Union (EU) is a unique experiment in history. It is a voluntary union of many countries to become a large market and also a monetary union. Over a period EU had increased its scope to envelope many areas of governance by the EU nations such as human rights, environment, fiscal deficit, etc...
One approach of EU has been a complete uniformity. EU was run by the Brussels bureaucracy.
India has a different model, a union but being able to adjust and adapt to different socio-economic-cultural diversities of the States forming the Union.
I was invited in 2005 to give Indian perspectives. I had emphasized the need for EU to adopt a more flexible approach vis-a-vis Rights, Environment etc... with other countries and perhaps within themselves. A fairly frank set of opinions. I wish they had absorbed some of them. Then the Greek crisis, Brexit etc could have been avoided. Also the latest problems of anti-immigration wave turning into extreme positions. I consider that extremism of single-point-liberal agenda has caused the present problems of EU.
See the attached paper presented by me. It has lessons for India too. Any single-point-one-shoe-fit-all agenda has implicit dangers be it environment, rights or such apparently good causes….