ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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An Illustrative Analysis of the Stakes in Modifying Internal Borders

A Telangana State?

The internal boundaries within the Indian Union indicate how the central government recognises ethnic and linguistic realities. Through the example of the movement of the creation for Telangana, this article seeks to analyse the limits of the Indian administrative framework and its linguistic foundations, the issues at stake, and the likely impact of new territorial changes.

Administrative Network of India

The process of territorial division by the State stems from two fundamental objectives: territorial control and integration. Optimal control and efficient administration of the geographical area require that the latter be broken up into a series of smaller units joined together constituting either a simple subdivision of central power, or individual geopolitical players in their own right. The desire to mitigate the centrifugal forces that can threaten territorial integrity also justifies the creation of units based, partly, on the recognition of regional specificities or local territoriality.1

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