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Farmers’ Protests in Punjab — Through the Historical Lens of Social Movements (Part 2) -Harjeshwar Pal Singh

-Punjabtodaytv.com How does the present Kisan movement in Punjab, against new Farm Laws, measure up to previous historical lessons? As far as goal or objectives are concerned, this movement has largely been consistent and limited in its approach. Its main demand has been: repeal the three Farm Acts and guarantee MSP. However, as the centre continues to be obdurate, and everything pointing towards a long-drawn struggle, pressure to widen the scope of...

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Federalism, now a partisan internal dialogue -Sukumar Muralidharan

-The Hindu India could be living through a reprise of the ‘Congress system’, but with significant differences in the BJP’s re-enactment At the first signs of stress, the grand vision of a nation unified in a singular system of taxation, was supplanted by a policy of every-state-for-itself. Just over three years ago, the introduction of a unified “goods and services tax” (GST) was heralded by a midnight session of Parliament, a theatrical...

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Farm Acts – unwanted constitutional adventurism -R Ramakumar

-The Hindu There is a case to argue that the three Acts have poor legal validity, may be unconstitutional and weaken Federalism The passage of the three Farm Acts by Parliament has led to a constitutional debate. These Acts are: the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020....

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Where reforms and Federalism clash -Yamini Aiyar and Mekhala Krishnamurthy

-Hindustan Times The Centre’s attempt to bulldoze the states on agriculture weakens the entire reform process Days after Parliament passed the controversial agriculture bills, several state governments have begun crafting strategies to avoid its implementation. This is a predictable consequence of a process of law-making that undermines India’s federal consensus. Agriculture is a state subject. The passage of national laws, on a state subject, marks a rupture in India’s federal trajectory. There is...

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The future of GST hangs in the balance -Praveen Chakrvarth

-The Hindu The Centre is best positioned to raise additional resources to bridge the GST compensation gap Today is the crucial meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. It may not be an exaggeration to claim that today’s meeting could mark a milestone in the history of India’s fiscal Federalism and shape the future of Centre-State relations. In 2017, the Centre made a promise to the States that a certain minimum...

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