JUNE 17,2021 Recent assembly elections threw up three strong state governments that can alter Centre-state relations. Besides having fairly strong majorities, these governments, in contrast to some others, are politically and ideologically awake to the idea of the state’s autonomy. How will this affect the prospects of India’s federalism?
The Indian case for federalism is strong, but the Indian practice of federalism is weak. This is less due to a centralising constitutional architecture and more because of the lack of appreciation about what federal practice can do for democracy and unity. Ironically, federal practice becomes weaker particularly when it is required more