The simmering political tension that was brewing in Arunachal Pradesh for the last few months reached an ugly denouement with the President dismissing the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government based on Governor Rajkhowa's report. We debate the intricacies of the Arunachal crisis, its causes and implications as the matter now rests with the Supreme Court of India. Is the Arunachal crisis really unnecessary? A peaceful state that shares a precarious border with China, Arunachal Pradesh has been claimed by China, from time to time. In this context Arunachal is crucial as it gives subversive elements a traction in a faction-ridden political environment where all stakeholders are looking to form the Government. Has the government mishandled the situation? Should the government have resisted invoking Article 356? Is centre-state relations always fraught with difficulties, if yes then who bears the brunt of such an engagement?