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Chapter 5: Negotiating Differences: The Indian State and its Women in the Borderlands

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Negotiating Differences: The Indian State and its Women in the Borderlands
Negotiating differences: The Indian state and its women in the borderlands

Almost 200 years earlier Immanuel Kant had envisioned a democratic zone of peace. In many ways prophetic Kant was clearly wrong in his presumption that democracies are inherently more peaceful. The Indian experiment in democratic state formations has neither led to social justice for all nor has it facilitated conditions of peace. In fact it has shown that in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state democracy may lead to the reinforcement of traditional cleavages based on religion, language, ethnicity, caste and gender and transform them into newer inequities. In such democracies there is a continuous effort to create a homogenised identity of citizenship that supports ...

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