Re-evaluating Concepts of Sovereignty

 by Ana Pararajasingam


India's former Prime Minister, Nehru and Sri Lanka's former Prime Minister Bandaranaike shared a common Westernised background and an education at Oxford and Cambridge respectively- England's oldest and prestigious universities. But, the similarities ended right there.

By heeding the sentiments that led to Potta Sri Ramulu burning himself to death (in protest against the imposition of Hindi on the non-Hindi speaking masses of the South) and by redrawing the boundaries of Indian states to reflect the linguistic characteristics of the population, Pundit Nehru helped India build an overarching Indian identity.

By pandering to a virulent linguistic chauvinism that called for

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Posted January 5, 2004