Discuss the wide- ranging consequences of independence in South Asia.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there has to be some level of qualification in the question.  The “South Asia” reference is quite broad.  For example, the Indian subcontinent can represent a great deal to this question, and that is only one particular area of the region.  If we took that narrative as an example, I think that there could be much in way of consequences that can be seen.  The most elemental would be that independence in the modern setting is quite complex.  With the British leaving India, only one part of the equation was solved.  There becomes a massive difference between declaring independence and actually receiving it.  The disturbance that was seen in Partition times and lingers today with the mistrust between India and Pakistan as well as the controversy in Jammu- Kashmir demonstrates to the rest of the world that independence, as a concept, is quite diverse and there is much there that needs to be included in the calculation.  I think that another consequence of both the independence experienced in the subcontinent, and probably in the region in general, would be the development or emergence of a new consumer and production market.  The globalized world, where there is a transfer of goods, services, ideas, and wealth, benefited greatly from the emergence of South Asia as a willing and eager partner in this process.

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