Statehood and the Politics of Intent

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The creation of new states has generally been seen as an accident of political timing. Local leaders, arguing for or against separate states, are often seen as
acting without intent and merely playing politics. This article argues that this is so because of a federal division of responsibility which facilitates state-level
politicians to discount responsibility for their stance and encourages them to focus solely on short-term goals. The central government intervention in the
debate about Telangana has meant that regional politicians have become less able to discount the future and have instead begun to engage with somewhat greater intent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-38
Number of pages5
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2011


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