Time and again, she has told Delhi to keep off from meddling in the subjects that the state ought to have complete control over, and to exercise restraint on subjects that the state and the Centre have joint stakes on.
Nagaland has decided to go ahead and award its own oil drilling contracts. So who owns the oil - centre or state?
In India, federalism is happening by stealth, and so is centralisation in some areas. This is not good for we are becoming federal in the wrong areas.
If Jayalalithaa stormed out of the NDC meeting for being given too little time and for its "dubious" policies, Modi blasted the government for "ideological poverty".
The scrap between Sheila Dikshit and the Delhi Police Commissioner exemplifies why governance is failing everywhere: the divorce of power from responsibility and vice-versa.
Should we take Sonia Gandhi's statement on her commitment to federalism seriously? The Congress' actions belie the claim.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that though NCTC is "not a magic bullet" that will end terrorism, in the array of options available, it definitely should be an option.
States' rights are well worth defending. But Mamata Banerjee and other non-Congress Chief Ministers must rise above their provincial interests to help establish an anti-terror coordination agency.
Prakash Singh Badal's call for a move to a more federal constitution is worth considering. It is the only way to end long-term policy paralysis.
Is the NCTC revolt about federalism or is it the usual politics at work? It is both. But the federalism issue will not go away till we make it real.
If constitutions and laws are meant to regulate our behaviour, it is the constitution that has failed us.