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Constitutional Asymmetry in Indian Federalism

The Indian federal structure is largely symmetric albeit with some asymmetric features. An attempt is made to locate union territories as a distinct unit of the Indian federation in the context of asymmetrical federalism, and their status is examined through the principle of weighted and differentiated equality in India. There has been an attempt to accommodate diversity in India through asymmetrical provision of power sharing between states. The establishment of union territories has also followed this principle of asymmetry—justified by their unique context and origin—as seen in the distinctive powers of the union territories of Delhi, Chandigarh, Puducherry, and Jammu and Kashmir.

Symbiotic Federalism

The federal government should be the manifestation of the principle of fairness towards the states.
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