Cultural Independence

6 06 2007

Self-determination for a nationality may take the form of cultural independence or may take the form of territorial independence. Which form it can take must depend upon the territorial layout of the population. If a nationality lives in easily severable and contiguous areas, other things being equal, a case can be made out for territorial independence. But where owing to an inextricable intermingling the nationalities are so mixed up that the areas they occupy are not easily severable, then all that they can be entitled to is cultural independence. Territorial separation in a case like this is an impossibility. They are doomed to live together. The only other alternative they have is to migrate.

III CHAPTER XIV- The Problems of Pakistan. PART V “Reprint of Pakistan Or The Partition of India”. Vol-VIII, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writing and Speeches.

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