Citing the many fronts on which the Centre is currently clashing with the states – over the Goods and Services Tax compensation, the new farm bills, the politicisation of the Central Bureau of Investigation and much more – Louise Tillin recently declared that this is a “defining moment for the future of Indian federalism.”

Tillin is the director of the India Institute at the King’s College London, and author of Indian Federalism. She has spent years studying the interaction between the Centre and states in India, and how the country’s federal compact operates differently from other prominent federations.

I spoke to Tillin about her research into the factors that led India to choose a centralised model of federalism, how the Narendra Modi era upended conventional wisdom on the regionalisation of Indian politics, and what further research she would like to see.

This is one of a series of conversations on Indian federalism on The Political Fix, a newsletter on Indian politics and policy that brings you an interview with an expert every week.



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