The Sovereign Lives of India and Pakistan

Post-Partition Statehood in South Asia

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ISBN:

9780190130879

Publication date:

10/10/2021

Hardback

300 pages

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ISBN:

9780190130879

Publication date:

10/10/2021

Hardback

300 pages

Atul Mishra

The Sovereign Lives explores what it has meant for India and Pakistan to act as sovereign states entangled at birth by an unsatisfactory partition

Rights:  World Rights

Atul Mishra

Description

The Sovereign Lives explores what it has meant for India and Pakistan to act as sovereign states entangled at birth by an unsatisfactory partition. Sovereignty is conventionally understood as a means to achieve the goals that states set for themselves. This book argues that for India and Pakistan, sovereignty has become an end in itself, and that its pursuit has aided majoritarianism, insecurity, and mutual estrangement.
The book examines the trajectory of three problems that the partition of 1947 bequeathed to the two states. It investigates the state-minority relations, national identity debates, and contestation over Kashmir to outline the parallel processes of minoritization, homogenization, and territorialization. It shows how these processes signify the two states' quest for sovereignty.
The scholarship on India and Pakistan often privileges their bilateral relations. In contrast, this book carries out the deeper task of a single-frame analysis and critique of their intertwined statehoods. Ultimately, the book shows the inadequacy of the nation-state form as the basis for political community in the subcontinent. It concludes by pointing to the contemporary relevance of alternative ideas of sovereignty and political community in South Asia that were articulated during the first half of the 20th century

About the Author:

Atul Mishra is Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University 

Atul Mishra

Table of contents

Introduction

Chapter One
From Politicization to Internationalization:
The Pursuit of Sovereignty in Late Colonial South Asia
Chapter Two
The Burden of Diversity:
National Identity and Sovereign Statehood
Chapter Three
Sovereigns and Others: The Minorities
Chapter Four
Kashmir: The Dynamics of Territorialization and Fragmentation
Epilogue
Beyond Internationalization
References

Contributors

Atul Mishra

Atul Mishra

Atul Mishra

Description

The Sovereign Lives explores what it has meant for India and Pakistan to act as sovereign states entangled at birth by an unsatisfactory partition. Sovereignty is conventionally understood as a means to achieve the goals that states set for themselves. This book argues that for India and Pakistan, sovereignty has become an end in itself, and that its pursuit has aided majoritarianism, insecurity, and mutual estrangement.
The book examines the trajectory of three problems that the partition of 1947 bequeathed to the two states. It investigates the state-minority relations, national identity debates, and contestation over Kashmir to outline the parallel processes of minoritization, homogenization, and territorialization. It shows how these processes signify the two states' quest for sovereignty.
The scholarship on India and Pakistan often privileges their bilateral relations. In contrast, this book carries out the deeper task of a single-frame analysis and critique of their intertwined statehoods. Ultimately, the book shows the inadequacy of the nation-state form as the basis for political community in the subcontinent. It concludes by pointing to the contemporary relevance of alternative ideas of sovereignty and political community in South Asia that were articulated during the first half of the 20th century

About the Author:

Atul Mishra is Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University 

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Table of contents

Introduction

Chapter One
From Politicization to Internationalization:
The Pursuit of Sovereignty in Late Colonial South Asia
Chapter Two
The Burden of Diversity:
National Identity and Sovereign Statehood
Chapter Three
Sovereigns and Others: The Minorities
Chapter Four
Kashmir: The Dynamics of Territorialization and Fragmentation
Epilogue
Beyond Internationalization
References

Contributors

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