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Communalism and Indian Princely States-A Comparison with British India

Communalism and Indian Princely States A Comparison with British India Dick Kooiman In the study of communalism, the colonial policy of separate electorates for religious minorities has often been put forward as a powerful explanatory factor But a comparison of British India and the princely states of Baroda and Travanc'ore, which had no separate electorates, suggests that such arrangements had less influence on the formation of communal identities than has generally been assumed. Rather, the demand for separate electorates may have been an effect rather than a cause of communalism.

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