Governors must loathe appearing as agents or appointees of the Central Government if they are to maintain their impartiality and the confidence of their ministers
The philosophical malaise in Ek Desh, Ek Vidhan and Ek Pradhan offers just cause for asymmetrical federalism in India
The entire Kashmir policy of the Government of India, right from 1947, is that of misplaced intrigue. Trying to hammer something which is brittle into malleability.
The West Bengal chief minister appealed to the Union HRD Ministry not to curtail important lessons at any cost
Centre's adoption of coercive federalism over co-operation with states has hampered response to COVID-19, migrant crisis
In six years of being in power, the present regime has systemically jolted the edifice of India’s federalism.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Suspension of MPLADS could hurt local govts at a time when state-Centre synergy is vital
The current debate over the discontinuation of the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) shines a light on the issue of devolution of powers.
SC agrees to hear plea challenging National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Act, 2019, tells Centre to reply within four weeks
The plea claimed that after the amendments in the NIA Act, the offences unrelated to terrorism such as trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation have also been included in the purview of the Act, therefore further usurping the powers of state investigation agencies
Hindi 'imposition' debate: Schools can play key role in promoting integration through 3-language formula
The language debate has again assumed significance in the light of remarks made by Home Minister Amit Shah.
National Conference challenges abrogation of Article 370 in Supreme Court, terms Centre's move 'unconstitutional' in plea
National Conference mounted a legal challenge in the Supreme Court on Saturday to the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mamata Banerjee should learn from Naveen Patnaik on how to fulfil constitutional duties, avoid pettiness in political rivalry
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik's work and gesture are a reminder to Mamata Banerjee that one doesn’t need to be petty and irresponsible in executing one’s duties as the CM and meeting the challenge posed by a rival political party
Narendra Modi govt eroded federal autonomy, says Congress, terms claim of increased devolution of funds to states 'maha jumla'
The Congress on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of eroding federal autonomy and alleged that its claim of increased devolution of funds to states had turned out to be a 'maha jumla'
Arun Jaitley calls Mamata, Opposition 'Kleptocrat's Club', says Bengal CM's 'acrobatics' show kind of governance she can provide
In a Facebook blog titled The Kleptocrat's Club, Arun Jaitley wrote: "Mamata Banerjee's disproportionate over-reaction to the CBI wanting to interrogate the Kolkata Police Chief has flagged several issues for a public discourse. The most important being that a Kleptocrat's Club now aspires to capture the reigns of India."
As debate over simultaneous polls rages on, India should also consider presidential structure to fix policy lacunae
The presidential form of government offers stability because the president at the Centre and governors at the state level, are directly elected for a fixed term, they are not bothered about the confidence of the Parliament.
One Nation, One Poll: Argument of simultaneous elections being against federalism has political overtones
It was in 1999 that the Law Commission of India headed by Justice BP Jeevan Reddy in its 170th report recommended simultaneous elections.
Centre vs Delhi govt: Arvind Kejriwal fails to discern fine print of SC verdict, chooses conflict over conciliation
In their over-enthusiasm to claim victory, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and rest of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leadership failed to understand the fine print of Supreme Court (SC) verdict.
SC verdict on Delhi govt vs Centre: Capital back with citizens, now cooperative federalism must prove itself
Following the Supreme Court verdict on the power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre, If any minister, legislator or actor in the political process is uncertain how to exercise his powers, he must choose the course of action that furthers the democratic choice of the people of Delhi
DMK opposes Centre's approval to enact Dam Safety Bill, terms it 'another attack on states' autonomy'
The DMK strongly opposed the Union Cabinet's approval to enact a Dam Safety Bill, accusing the BJP-led government at the Centre of launching "yet another attack on the states' autonomy"
Proud Kannadiga identity not inconsistent with being an Indian with pride, writes Siddaramaiah on row over new Karnataka flag
In Karnataka when we speak about primacy to Kannada, argue against imposition of Hindi language, or call for adoption of a state flag, we are confident we are contributing to building of a strong India
Ex-CECs bat for simultaneous elections in India, but say 2019 time frame for implementation looks unachievable
Backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clarion call for simultaneous elections in India, two former Chief Election Commissioners, N Gopalaswami and SY Quereshi, told Firstpost on Wednesday that such an idea will be cost and time effective for the country.
CPM accuses Narendra Modi of taking country to 'autocratic rule', urges non-BJP CMs to protect federalism
The CPM on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "trying to move towards an autocratic rule" and appealed to all non-BJP chief ministers to together protect the federal structure of the Constitution.
Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan slams RSS for breaking federalism by creating unitary structure of Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday hit out at the RSS, accusing it of trying to impose a unitary structure of "Hindu, Hindi, Hindusthan".