What Modi 2.0 means for India’s federal system

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The federal structure is under threat now more than ever. Image: Prathap Ravishankar

"It is a matter of great concern that the federal structure of our Republic has come under increasing strain, contrary to the spirit of our Constitution, merely to suit the whims and fancies of the rulers in Delhi." — Narendra Modi

That was 2012. The Indian Republic, according to the then Gujarat CM, was being run in the form of a "family-run corporation that had all the potential of leading India to chaos and destruction".

Lamenting the "systematic disruption of our country’s federal structure", Modi perhaps never thought that his critique of the UPA government would some day be used to describe the "whims and fancies" of a government at the Centre that is now run by him.

Fast forward to 2019, it's PM Modi who is facing the heat from his political opponents (already a fast dwindling number) who are screaming their lungs out about the "murder of democracy and federalism".

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