Workshop on “Facets and Features of Federalism in India” by Dr Ishwar Bhat

In a captivating workshop at Chanakya University, Dr. Ishwar Bhat delved into the nuanced intricacies surrounding the concept of federalism, a foundational principle of the Indian Constitution. He shed light on the unique manifestation of federalism in India, emphasizing the pragmatic importance of functional federalism over rigid adherence to theoretical frameworks.

His notion was that Indian federalism is distinct from its counterparts in other countries, owing to its emphasis on cooperative rather than competitive federalism. He underscored the imperative of harmonious collaboration between the central and state governments, stressing that their collective efforts are indispensable for the welfare and progress of the nation.

He navigated the complexities of federal-state relations, highlighting instances where deviations from the spirit of federalism occur, particularly during emergencies. He cautioned against instances where non-compliance with the central government’s directives could lead to constitutional crises, emphasizing the need to uphold the integrity of the constitutional machinery.

Furthermore, he expounded on the significance of the division of powers between the central and state governments, noting that this balance of power serves multiple benevolent purposes, including fostering regional autonomy while ensuring national cohesion.

Following Dr. Bhat’s comprehensive exposition, students engaged enthusiastically, posing insightful questions that reflected their deepened understanding of federalism.