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Meghalaya : Elections 2003: Decline of Regionalism

The beginnings of electoral politics in the 1970s in Meghalaya saw a clear demarcation between national parties and regional ones. However, the assertion of ethnic identities and the rise of an educated elite among the Khasis, Jaintias and Garos saw regional loyalties give way to still narrower tribal divisions. The split in votes that has ensued has inadvertently aided national parties.

Gujarati Intellectuals and History Writing in the Colonial Period

The aim of this paper is to examine how the Gujarati intellectuals in the colonial period narrated their regional history and in that process presented a specific notion of Gujarat and the Gujaratis. In the 19th century, Indian elites in general began to reformulate caste and religious identities and articulate regional identity and Indian nationalism by appropriating and modifying certain ideas and idioms introduced under British rule and others existing in the local society. This paper analyses some representative narratives of regional history by the late-19th century Gujarati literati and considers how they were linked with the identity-formation of the people in this region in the long term.

Language, Power and Ideology

Language has been intimately related to ideology and power in Pakistan. While Urdu is conspicuous as a symbol of Pakistani identity and national integration, other ethnic groups have seen this as a version of internal colonialism. Indigenous languages thus become tools that serve to assert ethnic identity and ensure a wider mobilisation.

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