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A Case for a Federal India

Author Name: Siddharth Srivastava | Format: Hardcover | Genre : History & Politics | Other Details

‘A Case for a Federal India’ involves a novel study on comparative federalism. The author makes out a case against the quasi-federal or unitary characterisation of the Constitution of India by the jurists and justices alike. India has often been characterised as a quasi-federal nation considering that it possesses several unitary features which may not be present in a traditional federation such as the United States of America or Australia. However, these characterisations did not involve an in-depth study of federalism. The author argues that even the traditionally federal constitutions are not purely federal in the modern day, considering that the courts and governments have introduced several unitarian features which were not present when these federations came into existence. For instance, the two World Wars and the Great Economic Depression necessitated a stronger federal government in the U.S.A. to effectively counter these situations. As a necessary corollary, several constitutional amendments were introduced to grant strong unitarian powers to the federal government such as the emergency powers. Therefore, the present position of India concerning federalism is very much similar to the modern-day federations of the U.S.A. and Australia, rendering the quasi-federal characterisation questionable. This book attempts an in-depth study of federalism and argues against the quasi-federal characterisation of India.

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Siddharth Srivastava

Siddharth Srivastava is a counsel practising before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. He is a partner at ‘The Ninety-Three’, an international law firm based in India, Netherlands and Spain. He graduated from the prestigious Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, followed by an Advanced LL.M. from Leiden University, Netherlands. Siddharth has been invited as a research scholar at UNIDROIT, Italy, and the Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands. Siddharth practices as a disputes attorney, primarily handling commercial and constitutional cases. He regularly writes for several leading journals and national newspapers.

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