Indian Federalism and COVID-19: A Review

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Shivangi Kashyap
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The recent global pandemic of COVID-19 besides health crisis has also led to tremendous administrative disbalances and challenges. One of the many effects of COVID-19 pandemic disaster is also visible on legislative, executive and financial federalism in India. The initial stages of the pandemic response highlighted the unitary tilt in the Indian federal structure, but at the later stages of this crisis, cooperative federalism also appears to be visible. The pandemic has also brought to the fore the importance of India’s grassroots level of government, though, unfortunately, their potential remains underutilized. The pandemic put both the unitary strengths and the federal assets of India’s political structure to serious test, buffeting the nation from one extreme to the other. But the country’s federalism emerged strong out of the tribulations through a series of trials and errors, getting back much of its vigor that had been sought to be diluted. This paper is an attempt to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on Indian federalism and to investigate the challenges occurred due to federalism. Also, an attempt has been made to highlight the administrative perspectives to ensure harmony and balance between center and state to ensure co-operative federalism.

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Kashyap S, . L. Indian Federalism and COVID-19: A Review. ANSDN [Internet]. 31Jul.2022 [cited 29Jan.2023];10(01):. Available from:
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