A Government without power? The aberrations of federalism in India

The Delhi state government has limited powers. Since 2015, the Indian government has impeded its functioning by denuding it of the power to prosecute corrupt officials. It vested administrative powers in the Lieutenant-Governor (LG), an appointee of the Center. In litigation, the Supreme Court ruled against usurping the powers of the state government in service matters. It held that the LG is bound by the advice of the cabinet.
I offer three arguments about federalism in India. First, the status of Delhi needs to re-examined to ensure that popular mandate is not thwarted. It has a strong case for full statehood. Ignoring this demand would be a perversion of federalism. Second, an elected government must have autonomy in service matters without which it will be hamstrung. A popular government bereft of police powers is largely ineffective. Third, circumventing federalism sends the ominous message that attempts to change governance will be frustrated.