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Indian Exceptionalism or Indian Model: Negotiating Cultural Diversity and Minority Rights in a Democratic Nation-State

Gurpreet Mahajan

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277621.003.0013
Indian Exceptionalism or Indian Model: Negotiating Cultural Diversity and Minority Rights in a Democratic Nation-State

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This chapter examines Indian policies that accommodated cultural, religious, and language diversities and minority rights. The Indian Constitution laid the foundations of a multicultural democracy by recognizing cultural differences and respecting diversity. Some of India’s multicultural accommodation strategies include special cultural and political rights for minorities to live in accordance with their cultural practices and to govern themselves, and setting up institutions to protect and promote their language and culture.

Keywords: India; multiculturalism; minority rights; nation-state; democracy; minority policy; cultural diversity

Chapter.  12368 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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