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When it comes to secessionism, identity trumps economic development

India, aware of the separate identities problem, tried to solve it 72 years ago through articles 370-72 of the Constitution. That success should not be challenged by trying to forge a single identity


T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan
It has been an article of faith in India that economic development is the best way of "winning the hearts and minds" of the Muslim people of the Kashmir valley. Give them jobs, roads, schools, colleges, hospitals etc., and they will start loving India. 

Indeed, this has been the general solution tried in all countries that face a rebellion by a section of the population and their desire for secession. But it has never worked. 

So three economists, Klaus Desmet Ignacio, Ortuño-Ortín and Ömer Özak, tried to find out why. They conducted extensive surveys and presented their findings in a
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First Published: Sep 23 2022 | 9:14 AM IST

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