ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From Consensus to Confrontation-Federal Politics in India

Federal Politics in India Amal Ray The relative consensus that characterised Centre-state relations in the early yearsof independent India was due to some favourable historical factors, the most important of which were the continued balance between the role of the Congress as a national movement and as the ruling party, and a homo- geneous elite. Since the 1960s important changes have taken place in role of the Congress and elite composition. Their overall impact is that federal-state relations can no longer be viewed as a bargain- ing process.

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