This book is a detailed overview
of the institutional and historical trajectory of Indian federalism, including
both territorial and non-territorial aspects of Indian federalism. An extensive
analysis has been made of the various federal policy measures adopted by different
rulers from time to time, particularly with an emphasis on federalism under the
British colonial rule and the role of princely states in Indian federalism. It
has made a critical analysis of the Constituent Assembly Debates on federalism
and the role of political leaders in shaping of Indian federalism. Further, a
critical analysis has been made about the changing nature and dynamics of
Indian federalism in the post-independent India including the contemporary
debates on various aspects of Indian federalism.
book is an important compendium for those wishing to have first-hand
information on Indian federalism and may be very useful for scholars interested
in center-state relations. It can be an important guide for researchers in
identifying various research questions for further study on Indian federalism.
Most importantly, it can be a very useful course book for students or
professionals for whom the existing shorter introductions to the subject may
not suffice. Any undergraduate student who needs to undertake an advance level
study on Indian Politics and Government or Indian federalism will find the book
very useful. International readers of comparative politics will also find the
book useful. Additionally, the book may be useful for those who are interested
in Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and for the politicians as well.
Ali Laskar is a Senior Academics at the Indira Gandhi National Open University
(IGNOU), New Delhi.