All regional movements need not lead to separatist demands. Explain by giving examples from this chapter.

All regional movements need not lead to separatist demands because:

1. Regional aspirations are very much a part of democratic politics. A large and diverse democracy like India must deal with regional aspirations on a regular basis.

2. The best way to respond to regional aspirations is through democratic negotiations rather than through suppression. Example Militancy arose in Punjab, Kashmir Instead of treating these as simple law and order problems, the Government of India reached negotiated settlement with regional movements.

3. It is not sufficient to have a formal democratic structure. Besides that, groups and parties from the region need to be given share in power at the State level.

4. The regional imbalance in economic development contributes to the feeling of regional discrimination.