The country’s federal structure has three gaping holes
The Centre’s failure to meet its obligations towards states has ruptured the Centre-state compact
India’s federal structure is under stress as myriad changes threaten to upend the status quo. Change is not bad, per se, but the manner of the transformation militates against the constitutional and federal promise of providing states an equal say in the process. The changes, on slow-burn so far, have now been accelerated thanks to the space afforded by the pandemic-induced economic shock.