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South Asia and the Kashmir Problem

Sheikh Showkat Hussain

Mahatma Gandhi perceived the whole of South Asia as a single nation. M.A. Jinnah propounded the two-nation theory. By facilitating the creation of Bangladesh, Indira Gandhi endorsed the idea that every linguistic entity within the Indian subcontinent is entitled to be a nation-state. Culturally, linguistically, and religiously, South Asia is one of the most heterogeneous regions of the world. It has never been a unified entity. The Mughals consolidated it and the British took the process further. The emergence of the concept of nation-state during the British period made the different geographical entities in the subcontinent apprehensive about their future. The sole policy of a nation-state ...

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