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The politics of secessionist conflict management in India.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2001
<mark>Journal</mark>Contemporary Security Policy
Issue number2
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)49-68
<mark>Original language</mark>English


How compatible are multinational states and their autonomy-seeking communities? Do minorities have a right to secede? What is the nature and dynamics of contemporary secessionism? What are the favoured techniques followed by a state to counter secessionist uprisings? In this essay, taking India as the case study, I explore answers to these questions. I suggest that the changing attitude of the international community toward secessionism as a right to self-determination has severe implications for existing state sovereignty. In the main, multinational states confront the difficult choice of limiting their sovereignty or facing disintegration.