In the recent past, the Indian Union witnessed two instances of dismissal of democratically elected state governments and imposition of President's rule. They were the result of exercise of the provisions of Article 356 of the Constitution. Per this article, the President is empowered to 'assume to himself all or any functions' of a state government' in the case of failure of constitutional machinery in a State'.
So, what is this Article 356 all about? What are its provisions and how democratic are they in principle? What is the article's history in the Indian Union? What were the debates around this subject in the Constituent Assembly? How has it been used (or abused) in independent India since the time it came into effect? What was the impact of Union-States relationship after the Supreme Court's landmark judgement in the 'S. R. Bommai v/s Union of India' case? How has it affected the federal setup of the Indian Union?
To get answers to the above questions and deliberate over the subject further, join Vasant Shetty for a talk on Sunday, the 17th of April 2016, at Total Kannada, Jayanagar, Bengaluru. The talk titled 'Misuse of Article 356 in independent India' will be in Kannada. The details of the event are here in this Facebook event invite, please confirm your presence if you are interested to attend the talk: