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A move to majoritarian nationalism?: challenges of representation in South Asia

Adeney, Katharine

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Despite India’s status as the world’s largest democracy and increasing turnouts in many of the countries of South Asia, recent elections raise concerns about the threat to democracy in the form of majoritarianism. Many of the countries of South Asia are extremely diverse and (mainly) informal mechanisms of accommodation of minorities have been deployed. At the same time concerns about the threat to minority rights in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been strongly articulated. It is notable that those countries of South Asia, such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which have not accommodated their non-dominant groups, have witnessed high levels of conflict. India has been more accommodative, of both linguistic and religious minorities. However, it is precisely this process of accommodation that many in India now worry will be undermined by Hindu majoritarianism.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 7, 2015
Journal Representation
Print ISSN 0034-4893
Electronic ISSN 0034-4893
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Adeney, K. (2015). A move to majoritarian nationalism?: challenges of representation in South Asia. Representation, 51(1), doi:10.1080/00344893.2015.1026213
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2015.1026213
Keywords India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ethnic nationalism, Majoritarianism
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00344893.2015.1026213#abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Representation 07.04.2015 http://www.tandfonline....0/00344893.2015.1026213

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