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Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China

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Title:Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China



Editor:Marine Carrin
Pralay Kanungo
Gerard Toffin

Publisher:Primus Books

Publish Year:2014

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back With Dust Jacket

Subject:Anthropology/ Sociology | Nepal Anthropology | Social Science | South Asia



Size:242 x 158 mm


Price:USD 21.60

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  • The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China critically reflects on the social, cultural and political processes that have shaped these societies since the 1950s. By and large, ethnic minorities have emerged as powerful groups in the internal politics in most parts of South Asia and the Far East. In an attempt to partly accommodate the political and economic aspirations of some of these ethnic groups, in India, the authorities have created smaller states on the basis of language, culture, and in some cases economic backwardness. The Indian Union has formed autonomous district councils, paving the way (in Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, and Mizoram) for an asymmetrical form of federalism where special powers are devolved to local units. In Nepal, ethnic minorities include economically and culturally diverse groups scattered over the country. Inspired by the Indian experiment, the political elite in Nepal is now seeking to institutionalize procedures to fully integrate the adivasis/janajatis as citizens. While India and Nepal largely recognize the emergence of these ethnic minorities as political actors, the Chinese state, ignoring the political demands of its minorities, is focussing on their economic development and their modernization.

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