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Making of the Indian Union: Merger of Princely States and Excluded Areas

Abhijit Choudhury (Editor) Tejimala Gurung (Editor) Sajal Nag (Editor)
Synopsis The attainment of Indian Freedom (1947) was a classic case of self-determination. But Independence did not signify the end of the struggle for India. In fact it raised more problems than it solved. One such problem was to maintain the traditional boundary and prevent the Balkanisation of the nascent Indian nation. The crisis was primarily precipitated by some of the Princely States and Excluded Areas, which threatened to stay out of independent India. The Indian nation state already confronted partition with the creation of Pakistan. It could not afford anymore secessionist designs, which could lead to the disintegration of the emerging nation. Hence it had to evolve means to curb such centrifugal forces to maintain its integrity and unity. The post colonial Indian state successfully negotiated these crises and emerged triumphant. The process through which this was achieved was known as 'Integration'. It is through this policy that the Dominion of India secured the merger of most of the Princely States, Excluded and partially excluded areas and secured its integrity. This collection includes essays delineating the process through which integration of these princely states and excluded and partially excluded areas was achieved. It includes articles on controversial issues involving Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur States on the Mizo Hills and Tripura on the other, as representative cases. The book asserts that the integration of these diverse areas into one entity formed the basis on which India emerged as a Federal Union.
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About the author

Sajal Nag

Sajal Nag teaches Modern History at Assam Central University. Earlier he was associated with the North-Eastern Hill University and the Centre for Social Studies, Surat. His publications include Roots of Ethnic Conflict: Nationality Question in North-East India (Delhi, 1990); India and North-East India: Mind, Politics and the Process of Integration 1946-50 (Delhi, 1998); Nationalism, Separatism and Secessionism (Jaipur and Delhi, 1999).

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Bibliographic information

Title Making of the Indian Union: Merger of Princely States and Excluded Areas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.11.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183701105
length xii+370p., Maps.
Subjects History