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Resizing and Reshaping the State: India from Partition to the Present

Gurharpal Singh

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244901.003.0005
 Resizing and Reshaping the State: India from Partition to the Present

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Gurharpal Singh traces the institutional dependence of the Indian state on conceptions of itself and its original borders as sacrosanct. But, the author argues that the state is, in reality, reshaped as a result of demands from linguistic and other groups of the dominant North Central Hindu/Indian populations, while demands from the periphery are ignored. The chapter examines how political elites deliberately entrenched the hegemonic beliefs about the state size after the partition, the centre's response to the challenges faced by Kashmir and Punjab to these beliefs, and various coalitions in favour and against reshaping of the Indian state.

Keywords: elites; Hindu; India; Kashmir; Punjab; Gurharpal Singh; the partition

Chapter.  12567 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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