National Integration and the Dynamics of Coalition and Federalism in India

Kavita Navlani (2006)
The Indian Journal of Political Science, vol. 67, no. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 2006), pp. 119-132

There is a broad consensus in social science today, which is indicating a paradigmatic shift in the theorizationof such concepts as ‘nation, nationalism, culture, identity and national integration’. It is unjust and inappropriate to view such concepts as nation, nationalism, culture, identity and national integration etc. without a due consideration to the multiple identity components of a plural society within which they all exist. Integration as some would argue, is not to be blind to diversity, but should take differences into account and represent the idea that persons have to be integrated into the political community not only as individuals, but also as members of a cultural group.