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Troubled DiversityThe Political Process in Northeast India$
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Sandhya Goswami

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199453337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453337.001.0001

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Diversity and Conflict

Diversity and Conflict

Lessons Drawn from Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India

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Troubled Diversity

Rekha Chowdhary

Sandhya Goswami

Oxford University Press

The conflict situations in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India is a reflection of the problem of nation-building in the peripheral areas. The failure of the nation-building, process to accommodate the diversity and divergent political aspirations in the peripheral areas have resulted in conflict situation in the region. The larger nationalist identity is so defined that rather than accommodating these local identities, they are posited in opposition to that. The nation-building is either based on the discourse of ‘cultural nationalism’ or the ‘composite nationalism’ emphasises on uniformities and generates ‘centralizing’ tendencies. In both the discourses the ‘unity’ and ‘integrity’ of the nation is paramount. It is in the context of ‘unity’ and ‘integrity’ that diversities and differences are problematized. The chapter deals with the issue of diversity and divergence in the context of nation-building process .The first part of the chapter reflects the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the second part deals with the situation of Northeast India.

Keywords:   Nation-building, peripheral areas, cultural nationalism, composite nationalism

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