The Territories and States of India

The Territories and States of India

The Territories and States of India

The Territories and States of India

Synopsis

This invaluable collection of information provides an in-depth guide to the regional dimension of the politics and economy of this vast and complex country. Incomparable in its coverage, it supplies the reader with a more complete understanding of India as a whole.

Excerpt

It has been said that cricket is an Indian sport invented, by pure coincidence, in England. Similarly, it has been argued that federation, as a concept of government, found its most necessary and effective expression in the modern Republic of India. A country so physically vast, with such stark internal contrasts in terms of geography, climate, language, ethnicity, culture, history, religion and economy, but with a definite sense of overall unity, would indeed appear to be suited to the form. This first edition of The Territories and States of India aims to provide the reader with an insight into India as a federation, an aspect that cannot be underestimated in importance.

The numerous reorganizations of the constituent parts of the Union (the most recent in November 2000, when three new states were established), combined with the changing balance of power between the central government and the administrations in those units, have meant that the federation remains in a process of evolution. It is this process that is specifically addressed in an essay by Dr David Taylor, in Part One of this book. Also in Part One are a Chronology, a table of statistical indicators, and a description and directory of the federal administration. Part Two contains a survey of each of the 35 states and territories within India, covering the unit's geography, history and economy, together with a map and information on the legislature and principal government officials. Part three is an Index of the states and territories, and their alternative and historic names.

It is hoped that this book, the second in the Territories series (following the established title on the Russian Federation) will furnish the reader with an understanding of each constituent part of contemporary India, of the relationship between them, and of the relationship with the centre: without this understanding any appreciation of the affairs of this vast country must be considered incomplete.

August 2002

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