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Identities and the Indian state<sup>1</sup>

Sagarika Dutt

in India in a Globalized World

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069000
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701409 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069000.003.0003
Identities and the Indian state1

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This chapter examines identity politics and the Indian governments' response to the demands of ethnic and linguistic groups. It explains that despite the passage of the States Reorganization Act of 1956 which accepted the linguistic principle, the problem of insurgency continues which often leads to state repression. This chapter argues that economic problems and aspirations have contributed to the insurgency problem in India. It also describes how globalisation has given an impetus to postmodern perspectives that focus on identity formation and question the basis of the state.

Keywords: identity politics; linguistic groups; ethnic groups; States Reorganization Act of 1956; insurgency; economic problems; globalisation; identity formation

Chapter.  13945 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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