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India's Federal Polity: Some Questions

Aswini K. Ray
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 14, No. 34 (Aug. 25, 1979), pp. 1471-1475
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4367879
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India's Federal Polity: Some Questions
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Abstract

Indian federal polity shares the problem of regional disparities inherent in the process of capitalist development; more so, because such regional disparities are a product of colonial capitalism of a relatively developed phase. The problems are further compounded because most of the 'Indian states' are not simply functional divisions but represent more or less distinct linguistic, cultural and, in some cases, even ethnic units, with a continuous civilisation dating farther back than their federated existence. This article argues that the strengthening of the Indian federal system can be achieved not through further centralisation of authority (as has been sought to be done all these years), but by a legitimisation and further rationalisation of the territorial divisions of the country based on linguistic and cultural homogeneity as the main unit of political power and economic development.

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