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Ethnonationalism in India: A Reader

Ethnonationalism in India: A Reader

by Sanjib Baruah


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Discussing various ethnonational movements in India, including the Northeast, Punjab, and the Kashmir movements, the volume covers their initiation, subsequent trajectory, and the role of the State. The first part provides the context discussing democracy, diversity, and devolution and the containment of social and political power. The second and third parts focus on Kashmir as a legacy of Partition, and the Northeast respectively. Both parts discuss the nature of contest among various forms of legitimate and not-legitimate power in these conflicts. Dealing with the nature of federal design, the fourth part discusses conflict-negotiation between a democratic nation and prospective breakaway units, with an emphasis on how such situations are controlled. The fifth part explores the theory of fragmented nationalisms and relates it to the specifics of the situation in India. The concluding part charts the rise and fall of self-determination movements across the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198060437
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/05/2010
Series: Critical Issues in Indian Politics Series
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sanjib Baruah is Professor of Political Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Introduction (Sanjib Baruah)
Part I: Debating the Indian Record
1. Diversity, Democracy, and Devolution in India (Kanti Bajpai)
2. Elite Interests, Popular Passions, and Social Power in the Language Politics of India (Paul R. Brass)
3. Reassessing 'Conventional Wisdom': Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflict and India as an Ethnic Democracy (Gurharpal Singh)
Part II: Kashmir: Ethnonational Conflict, and the Legacy of Partition
4. Three Compromised Nationalisms: Why Kashmir has been a Problem (Ashutosh Varshney)
5. Explaining the Kashmir Insurgency: Political Mobilization and Institutional Decay (Sumit Ganguly)
6. The Kashmir Conflict in the Early 21st Century (Sumantra Bose)
Part III: Northeast India: Ethnonationalism in a Cultural Borderland
7. Confronting Constructionism: Ending the Naga War (Sanjib Baruah)
8. Invention, Reinvention, and Contestation: Politics of Identity in Assam (M.S. Prabhakara)
9. Secessionism in Northeast India: Identity Wars or Crises of Legitimacy? (M. Sajjad Hassan); Part IV: Ethnonationalism and the Federal Design
10. Constitutional Centring: Nation Formation and Consociational Federalism in India and Pakistan (Katharine Adeney)
11. Federalism, Multinational Societies, and Negotiating a Democratic 'State-Nation': A Theoretical Framework, the Indian Model, and a Tamil Case Study (Alfred Stepan)
12. Integration through Internal Reorganization: Containing Ethnic Conflict in India (Maya Chadda)
Part V: Consociational Theory and India
13. The Puzzle of Indian Democracy: A Consociational Interpretation (Arend Lijphart)
14. India, Consociational Theory, and Ethnic Violence (Steven Ian Wilkinson)
Part VI: The Fortunes of Ethnonational Movements: Contextual Variables
15. Can Democracies Accommodate Ethnic Nationalism? Rise and Decline of Self-Determination Movements in India (Atul Kohli)
16. Ethnicity and Pluralism: An Exploration with Reference to Indian Cases (Narendra Subramanian)
Notes on Contributors

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