Secessionism and federalism in India are discussed. The establishment of democracy, federalism, and minority rights in India has not precluded violent politics, armed rebellion, and secessionism in Punjab, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir (J and K), and Manipur. Today, Punjab and Mizoram are post-conflict societies but until the late 1980s these two states were wracked by tremendous violence and demands for secession. The other two states continue to be torn apart by the same phenomenon. The author assesses what has gone wrong and where.
Chandhoke, N. A State of One’s Own: secessionism and federalism in India, Working Paper No.80 (Series I), 2006, London, UK; Crisis States Research Centre, 34 pp.