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Sagarika Dutt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069000

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069000.001.0001

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Identities and the Indian state1

Identities and the Indian state1

(p.70) 3 Identities and the Indian state1
India in a Globalized World

Sagarika Dutt

Manchester University Press

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

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