Federalism, Regionalism and accommodation of Unity in Diversity in India

Waseem Ahmad Sofi

Abstract


Federalism as a constitutional mechanism ensures peace, stability and mutual accommodation in multi-cultural and diversified countries by dividing powers and resources between and among different levels of government. The paper tries to study and re-examine the current relationship of federalism, regionalism, and governance in India. The basic question that I seek to raise in this paper is how far Indian federalism has succeeded in order to bring unity in diversity and how far it survives as a polity in the face of persistent regionalism and often verging demands of separation and secessionism. The question has assumed special significance as we have seen that Indian federalism has got changed during the last four and half decades with the coming of regionalism trend into the forefront. The paper engages with the issue of accommodation of diversity in the wake of federation building and the critical references are made to the relevant theoretical literature in order to point out new problematic and drawbacks in India federalism.  Relevance of the present study lies in the fact that it highlights the emerging trends of regionalism in Indian federal polity and the changes that occurred in the Indian federal system from the last decades of the present century.


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Federalism, Multiculturalism, Regionalism, Diversity, Unity, Equality, Democracy, Equality.

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