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4-28-2020

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This research will specifically consider the cases of India and Israel as states that have experienced a growth in ethnonationalist sentiment in recent years, and are now facing conflicts with their ethnic minorities. By examining these cases, this research will explore these nations' compatibility with democracy, which both nations purport to be. Through this examination, we may explore the effects of ethnic diversity on the integrity of democratic systems, and the methods by which ethnic majorities suppress the voices of ethnic minorities. With recent resurgences of populist movements in many nations that are returning to isolationism and intensified nationalism, the question of democratic representation has arisen in order to respond to the changing systems of democratic participation in these nations. This is particularly important in order to confidently say that a certain nation is a democracy and truly functions based on democratic principles, such as equitable representation. Failing to properly toe the line between the conservation of majority and minority rights, ethnonationalism has inherently subjugated the minorities of India and Israel, thereby dismantling the tenant of representation that democracy so precariously sits upon. Thus, this research will help to illuminate the potential prognosis for the minorities in the states that are now being dominated by ethnic majorities.

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Ethnonationalism and Democracy: Lessons from India and Israel

This research will specifically consider the cases of India and Israel as states that have experienced a growth in ethnonationalist sentiment in recent years, and are now facing conflicts with their ethnic minorities. By examining these cases, this research will explore these nations' compatibility with democracy, which both nations purport to be. Through this examination, we may explore the effects of ethnic diversity on the integrity of democratic systems, and the methods by which ethnic majorities suppress the voices of ethnic minorities. With recent resurgences of populist movements in many nations that are returning to isolationism and intensified nationalism, the question of democratic representation has arisen in order to respond to the changing systems of democratic participation in these nations. This is particularly important in order to confidently say that a certain nation is a democracy and truly functions based on democratic principles, such as equitable representation. Failing to properly toe the line between the conservation of majority and minority rights, ethnonationalism has inherently subjugated the minorities of India and Israel, thereby dismantling the tenant of representation that democracy so precariously sits upon. Thus, this research will help to illuminate the potential prognosis for the minorities in the states that are now being dominated by ethnic majorities.