Present-day India is not as different from the antebellum US as we might comfort ourselves into believing
In India we often express legitimate concern about threats to the integrity of the Union, as relating, for instance, to Maoist or regional insurgencies. But think for a moment that burgeoning economic, social and other disparities among sub-national regions in large, federal states have historically fed secessionist movements at least as much as ideologically or religiously inspired insurgencies. Ought this to be of concern to us in India? I think the answer may be yes.