Contested Secessions: Rights, Self-determination, Democracy, and Kashmir

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byNeera Chandhoke

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Contested Secessions addresses concepts of core moral rights and the right of secession, processes of justification, national-self determination, democracy, justice, and pluralism. In particular, Neera Chandhoke brings a political theory perspective to bear on the "Kashmir Problem". Sufficientattention has already been paid to the issue of accession, Indo-Pakistan tensions over the state, Kashmir in the United Nations, the rise of militancy and "cross-border terrorism", and the waylaying of democracy and comparative histories of conflict. This book goes a step further to examine whetherthe Kashmiri people have the right to secede; if so why, and if not, why? Chandhoke's analysis draws from several disciplinary perspectives to focus on secession - both consensual and contested - and its legitimacy. This is an area hitherto ignored by Western, liberal theories of secession. She discusses at length the specificities of cases of "contested secessions" asopposed to the Western theory of "consensual secessions". The objective is to develop normative principles which can help map, and sort out vexatious issues in contested secessions which are characterized by extensive violence, third party intervention, and dissenting minorities. The authorcriticizes the use of state violence in contested secessionist movements and supports her argument by citing examples of secessions across the globe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She suggests that the solution to secession could come by recourse to political autonomy through theestablishment of self-governing institutions.

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Contested Secessions addresses concepts of core moral rights and the right of secession, processes of justification, national-self determination, democracy, justice, and pluralism. In particular, Neera Chandhoke brings a political theory perspective to bear on the "Kashmir Problem". Sufficientattention has already been paid to the issu...

Neera Chandhoke is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077971

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Specificities of Contested Secessions1. What Sort of a Right Is the Right to Secede?2. Contextualizing the Right of Secession3. The Advantages of Plural Societies4. Self-determination as a Constitutive Aspect of DemocracyConclusionBibliographyIndex