Decentring the Indian Nation by Andrew Wyatt, John Zavos

By Andrew Wyatt, John Zavos

The world's greatest democracy has skilled strife in view that its inception in 1947. The individuals to this learn research traits in Indian and Pakistani politics through the past due twentieth and early twenty first centuries when concentrating on the fragmentation of the physique politic.

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Issues of further provincial reorganisation in present-day India and Pakistan are a topic too wide to cover in this article and must be left for another day. NOTES I would like to thank Brendan O’Leary, Meghnad Desai, Fred Richens, Marie Lall, the participants at St Antony’s South Asian History Seminar and the two anonymous referees for their constructive comments. 1. ), The Politics of Ethnic Conflict Regulation: Case Studies of Protracted Ethnic Conflicts (London and New York: Routledge, 1993), 1–40.

In a new era of liberalisation, these pressures have only increased. 58 States now have far more agency in negotiating their economic futures, and some are avidly pursuing a global identity and position. 60 The debates on how to achieve this have focused on strengthening and supporting local democratic institutions (notably the village panchayats and municipal councils), constitutional reform (such as devolving more power to the states) and encouraging greater political and bureaucratic transparency and accountability.

This article addresses a subject that has taken a rather lower profile over the years—the creation of new federal states within the union of India. In 2000 the internal map of India was redrawn to create three new states—Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh (see map). 4 The reasons for this include the traumatic legacy of the Partition in 1947; the concern that India might disintegrate under the weight of its divided colonial history; and its sheer ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural plurality.

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