Midterm 4 - A. In fostering a national identity, India's...

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A. In fostering a national identity, India's federalist democracy has adopted various attempts to protect minority rights and advance disadvantaged groups. For example, it allows for some form of cultural or group autonomy for Muslims to practice their laws at the regional and local level and in some contexts has quotas so that a certain proportion of public offices are filled by members of disadvantaged castes. Discuss the significance of these attempts in relation to India's process of developing a national identity. Do such policies make sense in a state committed to individual rights and to a pluralist nation? Would analogous policies make sense in the United States and also still be compatible with commitments to individual rights and to a pluralist nation? a. National Indentity i. “…what we mean by ‘national’ identity involves some sense of political community, however tenuous. A political community in turn implies at least some common institutions and a single code of rights and duties for all
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2008 for the course MC 202 taught by Professor Kikiedozie during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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Midterm 4 - A. In fostering a national identity, India's...

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