Issue: February 2015
  Fiscal Federalism, Local Governments
M A Oommen
  The lead article by M.A. Oommen brings out the role and importance of granting fiscal empowerment to local government in a democratic set up. The aut...
  Why Federalism? A Perspective
Vinayak Narain Srivastava
  The second lead article by Vinayak Narain Srivastava stresses on the necessity of appropriate federalism to take the process of democracy and seculari...
  Emerging Markets and International Financial Institutions
Alok Sheel
  The special article by Alok Sheel presents the role of the Bretten Woods twins in tackling the problems of world economy in the past and discusses the...
  Digital India Programme: A Public Administration Reformation
Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Nripendra P. Rana, Antonis C. Simintiras and Banita Lal
  The focus article of the issue is on the flagship scheme of the government of India - the Digital India Programme. The article details the outlining ...
  NITI Aayog and Indian Fiscal Federalism
Nirvikar Singh
  Representation of the States in the successor organization, NITI Aayog, is stronger than in its predecessor, but the source of real change will be cha...
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Exile of Buddha  

Let us end with a story. Around 5th century BC, the republican states of Lichchavi and Sakya had an institutional system called Santhagara which was used to debate issues of vital importance to the republic, including disputes between various constituents of the republic. Buddha was initiated into the Sakya Santhagara at the age of 20. When he was 28, there was a dispute over sharing of water of Rohini River betwee...

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Fiscal Federalism, Local Governments
M A Oommen

The lead article by M.A. Oommen brings out the role and importance of granting fiscal empowerment to local government in a democratic set up. The author puts in an argument for cooperative federalism with fiscal decentralization as its core. He says that the Indian federation has a built in bias in favor of the Union with great vertical imbalances in the resources and responsibilities at the state level and local government level. However, with the disbandment of the Planning Commission and creation of the Niti Aayog, there are enough indications that the new dispensation recognizes the need for a bottom up planning. He points out that the primary rationale of strengthening the Panchayat is that every citizen should have basic amenities and towards this the local governments should be encouraged to incentivize their own resource sources. Also, additionally it is equally important to work towards a transfer system that will enhance the fiscal capacity of local governments to offer ...

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