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Crisis in Kashmir | Federalism in Ethiopia

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Editor's note

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he’s ushering in a “new India” with his government’s recent moves against Kashmir. But two North American academics beg to differ. Reeta Tremblay argues this new era erases differences, dissent and the rights of minorities. And Ayesha Ray calls Narendra’s suspension of Kashmir’s state government a “stunningly dangerous, undemocratic and secretive move.”

Ethiopia has been governed as a federal state for nearly three decades. Yohannes Gedamu argues that the constitution underpinning the federal arrangement promoted group rights over individual rights. Recent calls for secession, such as the quest by the Sidama to have their own state, suggest that the arrangement is under severe strain. Mohammed Girma, meanwhile, writes that part of the problem bedeviling Ethiopia is that it keeps rehashing its painful past, repeating old grievances, and not seeking fresh, modern solutions that would drive unity.

Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics, Business + Economics Editor

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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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