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Chapter 10: Confronting the State: Exploring Ways for Sustainable Peace

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Confronting the State: Exploring Ways for Sustainable Peace
Confronting the state: Exploring ways for sustainable peace
Provincial Autonomy and Crave for Separateness: A Continuum of Nationalist Struggle

The challenges that the State is facing in India can be primarily attributed to the nature and formation of the nation-state itself. A straight-jacket application of colonial State system with its monolithic credo and unitary administrative structure on the deeply divided multicultural society is problematic. The whole process negated diversity and encroached upon the autonomous spheres of social/community interaction that were fundamental to the culture of South Asian society. In this complex mosaic of different nationalities, the Indian State is facing some of its gravest challenges, with the entire process of nation-building being questioned. In response to this, various ethno-sub-nationalist ...

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