Re-imagining federalism to fulfil India’s potential
In no other democracy does the federal constitution impose a uniform structure, electoral system, and bureaucratic apparatus on states and local governments
The Union-state relationship has become one of the core issues ahead of the next general election. Part of the rhetoric is political hyperbole and electoral posturing, and it is sharpened by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) continuing expansion of its political footprint, and its take-no-prisoners approach to electoral battles. However, this climate gives us an opportunity to examine our federalism beyond partisan politics. We are approaching the third phase of federalism since the founding of our republic.
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