Remapping India

Remapping India

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There is a widespread consensus today that the constitutional flexibility to alter state boundaries has bolstered the stability of Indiaa€™s democracy. Yet debates persist about whether the creation of more states is desirable. Political parties, regional movements and local activists continue to demand new states in different parts of the country as part of their attempts to reshape political and economic arenas. Remapping India looks at the most recent episode of state creation in 2000, when the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand came into being in some of the poorest, yet resource-rich, regions of Hindi-speaking north and central India. Their creation represented a new turn in the history of the countrya€™s territorial organisation. This book explains the politics that lay behind this episode of a€˜post-linguistica€™ state reorganisation and what it means for the future design of Indiaa€™s federal system.... organised adivasis who were numerically dominant among the contract labour force employed in insecure and low paid manual ... In Uttarakhand, a central justification of the demand for statehood was that policies formulated in the plains of Uttar Pradesh ... blaming the neglect of previous state governments for poverty, discontent, as well as distress-induced migration. ... that the new states had been created in order to make the exploitation of natural resources 17 INTRODUCTION.

Title:Remapping India
Author:Louise Tillin
Publisher:Hurst Publishers - 2013-10-01


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