By Yash Ghai
Responses to ethnic conflicts in fresh a long time have ranged from oppression and ethnic detoxification to lodgings of ethnic claims via affirmative rules, precise varieties of illustration, strength sharing, and the mixing of minorities. the most wanted, and resisted, units for clash administration is autonomy. This booklet makes use of decide upon international locations together with China, Canada, South Africa, former Yugoslavia and Australia to discover the dialectics of ethnicity and territory as mediated via numerous sorts of autonomy.
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26 PART 1 OPERATING AUTONOMIES C H A P T E R 2 F E D E R A L I S M AND DIVERSITY IN CANADA RONALD L. WATTS THE RELEVANCE OF THE CANADIAN EXAMPLE In a book aimed at exploring the role of federal political systems and autonomy arrangements in the management of ethnic differences and conflicts, this chapter focuses on the lessons, positive and negative, provided by the Canadian experience. While, in many respects, there are significant contrasts between Canada and other federations that must always be borne in mind, there are some features of the Canadian federation which make it particularly relevant to the examination of the interface between federalism and ethnic diversity.
YASH GHAI intervened to secure autonomy for the Tamils. It is not surprising that the international community, comprising states, is reluctant to see the dismemberment of states; autonomy seems a suitable compromise. However, once autonomy is established, the international community is less willing to provide continuing support. It is reluctant to make long-term commitments, particularly as this involves continuing intervention in the affairs of a state, and is likely to require police or military manoeuvres and considerable sums of money (as evidenced by the failure of the United Kingdom, Turkey and Greece to honour their underwriting of the Cyprus constitution, and by the withdrawal of Indian troops from Sri Lanka).
Autonomy and Ethnicity: Negotiating Competing Claims in Multi-Ethnic States by Yash Ghai