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Current challenges to multinational federalism in India

Adeney, Katharine; Bhattacharyya, Harihar


Harihar Bhattacharyya


India’s multinational federation has experienced multiple challenges in the last 25 years, relating to the rise of coalition politics and the process of economic liberalisation, both of which have increased the power of some of the states of the federation at the expense of others. The internal borders of India continue to be restructured, with the latest state, Telangana, created in 2014. India is often seen as a successful multinational federation but it is important to recognise the limitations of this success, as well as the areas where the rise of an aggressive Hindu nationalism poses a powerful threat to India’s multinational federal democracy.


Adeney, K., & Bhattacharyya, H. (2018). Current challenges to multinational federalism in India. Regional and Federal Studies, 28(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 4, 2018
Online Publication Date May 22, 2018
Publication Date Jun 30, 2018
Deposit Date May 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2019
Journal Regional and Federal Studies
Print ISSN 1359-7566
Electronic ISSN 1743-9434
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Keywords India; Federalism; Ethnic conflict; Ethnofederalism; Multinational federalism
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional and Federal Studies on 22/05/2018, available online:


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