Politics must not trump economics if we are to make real progress on Centre-state cooperation
Amid the growing rhetoric of strengthening cooperative federalism in India, it is useful to pause from time to time and review the actual progress. The ongoing budget season is the right time to carry out a realistic assessment. After the Union budget for 2020-21 was presented on 1 February, at least four state governments have released their budgets: Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. While the first two states are governed by regional parties, Rajasthan is governed by the Congress, and Uttar Pradesh is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is also in power at the Centre.