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India’s response to Covid-19 reflects the power problems potential of federalism” do you agree? Analyse.

Topic : federalism

3.  India’s response to Covid-19 reflects the power, problems, potential of federalism”, do you agree? Analyse. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express 

Why the question:

The article presents to us in detail the challenges that the current covid-19 pandemic has posed on Indian federalism.

Key Demand of the question:

Analyse in detail the statement in question, discuss the concerns involved and suggest solutions to address the same.


AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:


Briefly present the background of the question.


One has to explain in the answer body as to how the experience offers an opportunity to revisit the recent debate around the federal organisation of powers under the Constitution’s Seventh Schedule.

Discuss how response to Covid-19 shows carving out roles through consensus can address challenges to federal governance.

Explain with examples as to what can be done.


Conclude with way forward.