India’s unique federalism predates Independence1 min read 17 Mar 2021, 10:05 AM IST
Decades before Independence, the desire for a national industrial policy to check inter-regional disparities laid the path for Indian federalism, a new paper argues
Indian federalism is unique, with the presence of a strong Centre along with shared Centre-state jurisdiction. It is often explained as a way to check secessionist tendencies in the days after Partition, or to consolidate democracy in a diverse Indian society. However, a recent paper by Louise Tillin from King’s College highlights a much older reason for adopting a more interventionist model over a decentralized one: industrial and labour policy.
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