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The book deals with the issues of democracy and development in major South Asian countries. In a comprehensive manner, it draws attention to various aspects like ethnicity, multiculturalism, authoritarianism, economic reforms, trade, armed rebellion, democracy movements, and federal pressures.

While examining the many facets of democracy and development in the region, the various contributors to the volume capture: the discontent in the political sphere within each country; how states navigate a maze of ethnic claims, multicultural compulsions, and separatist insurgencies; and; the region's optimism in economic reforms for development, peace-building processes for security, and democratization.

Ethnic Engagement in Bhutan and its Regional Consequences*
Ethnic engagement in Bhutan and its regional consequences
Awadhesh CoomarSinha

A state is a civil community having its own government and law. As per convention, it is attributed to have a definite territory, a population of citizens, a functioning government, and its sovereignty of governance. It is entirely another matter that these ideal and typical conditions are rarely met even in the case of the most appropriate example of the state. The Indian Union as a state is similarly no exception to this generalization. What it legally claims as her territory is disputed by some of her neighbours. There are non-citizens residing illegally within her boundary. Its government does not govern in a similar way all her regions and ...

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