The Inter-State Council needs to be rejuvenated
Most of the institutional architecture of Indian federalism is focused on relations between the Union government and the states, and there is far less space to settle inter-state frictions
The federal feud that has broken out over how taxes are to be shared between different states should hopefully lead to the recognition of a stark problem—India does not have adequate institutions to manage conflicts between states. The southern states have been complaining that the terms of reference of the Fifteenth Finance Commission are, in effect, punishment for their better economic performance. That is why this newspaper believes that the Narendra Modi government needs to breathe life into the moribund Inter-State Council.