Delivering a lecture on “Role of good governance in international relations” here, Cardin said that federalism can help a country to develop policies to deal with critical problems.
“However, the current federalism system here in India is challenging the effectiveness of national policies to combat corruption and other human rights violations,” he said. At the same time, he praised Modi's comments in the Wall Street Journal last week.
“He (Modi) said 'My election in 2014 had a context. There was a sense of policy paralysis, of economic conditions and corruption. My biggest challenge is to end this environment',” Cardin said. During the course of his visit to India, apart from Foreign Secretary Jaishankar, Cardin also held meetings with union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Jadvekar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.