2011 Holland Prize

Questioning Borders: Social Movements, Political Parties and the Creation of New States in India

Louise Tillin
King’s College, London, UK
Volume 84,  No. 1, March 2011, pp. 67-87

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Louise Tillin

In this year’s Holland Prize winning article, Louise Tillin makes an original contribution to the literature on social movements and political development as well as contemporary Indian politics by demonstrating systematically how normal politics is overtaking social movements in the creation of new state boundaries in India. With the insights provided by the cases of India’s newest states—Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand—Tillin invites the reader to look beyond the movements themselves to the broader context in which movements operate, the change from social to statehood movements and the role played by party politics. Empirically, theoretically and stylistically the editors found this article to be a model for Pacific Affairs.