Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
2. Do you think that states’ operational freedom to perform within their specified jurisdictions is highly truncated in the country? Examine in the backdrop of cooperative and competitive federalism that India subscribes to.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article brings about India’s eroding cooperative federalism in detail.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss the provisions of constitution with respect to cooperative federalism and analyse in what way the operational freedom of states is being curtailed by the centre against the concept of federalism that India subscribes to.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer:
In short highlight the principles of federalism that India subscribes to.
Discuss and highlight the issues concerning the federal aspects in the country.
Discuss few recent examples wherein the States have been controlled by the centre and the idea of cooperative federalism has been threatened and curtailed.
Take hints from the article and explain.
Suggest what needs to be done to overcome the issue.
Conclude with suitable solutions and highlight the importance of upholding the constitutional values pertaining to federalism in the country.