An Inquiry into the Nature of Indian Federalism

Shikha S. Jaipuriar
Advocate at SSJ Associates, India

Volume III – Issue I, 2021

Federalism in India is unique in many ways. This paper starts with a discussion on the key elements of a federal structure. Then it briefly traces the driving forces that led to the formation of Indian federation. Next part deals with the federal features in the Indian Constitution. The paper then sets about to examine provisions of the Indian Constitution and judgments which drift away from a strictly federal system. The following part traces attempts to review and reform Indian federal system. At last, it concludes with author’s observations on the nature of Indian federalism.

Keywords: Federalism, Centre-State Relations, Constitution of India, Distribution of Power, Supreme Court of India


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