Beyond Counter-Insurgency: Breaking the Impasse in Northeast India

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EditorSanjib Baruah

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In recent years there has been a significant reorientation in India's policy towards its Northeast region. Yet, Indian policy thinking has been insulated from the virtual intellectual revolution in the last one decade that studies armed civil conflicts and ways to manage, resolve, andtransform them. This volume emphasizes the term 'rethinking', and offers new ways of understanding the conflicts and of ways to resolve them. The essays discuss wide-ranging issues which include the multilayered nature of the conflict in the Northeast, and how democratic politics and the world of armed rebellions intersect in complex ways in this region. An analysis of the Naga war and its nation-building project is discussed. How theNortheast figures in postcolonial India's national imagination; how Assamese society engages with the term 'terrorist'; and how state-society conflicts are muted in Mizoram have also been interrogated. The role of ideas in conflict transformation, and an alternative vision of development inArunachal Pradesh are also discussed.

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In recent years there has been a significant reorientation in India's policy towards its Northeast region. Yet, Indian policy thinking has been insulated from the virtual intellectual revolution in the last one decade that studies armed civil conflicts and ways to manage, resolve, andtransform them. This volume emphasizes the term 'ret...

Sanjib Baruah is Professor of Political Studies, Bard College, New York, and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Photographs and Tables1. Sanjib Baruah: IntroductionPart I: Stalemated Conflicts: What Cost?2. Ananya Vajpeyi: Resenting the Indian State: For a New Political Practice in the Northeast3. Bodhisattva Kar: When was the Postcolonial? A History of Policing Impossible LinesPart II: Nation and Its Discontents4. Dolly Kikon: From Loincloth, Suits, to Battle Greens: Politics of Clothing the 'Naked' Nagas5. Rakhee Kalita: Writing Terror: Men of Rebellion and Contemporary Assamese Literature6. Nandana Dutta: Narrative Agency and Thinking about ConflictsPart III: Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion7. Pradip Phanjoubam: Northeast Problems as a Subject and Object8. Bhagat Oinam: Preparing for a Cohesive Northeast: Problems of Discourse9. Makiko Kimura: Agency of Rioters: A Study of Decision-making in the Nellie Massacre, Assam, 1983Part IV: Making Peace, Making War: India's Peace Policy10. M. Sajjad Hassan: The Mizo Exception: State-Society Cohesion and Institutional Capability11. Samir Kumar Das: Peace sans Democracy? A Study of Ethnic Peace Accords in Northeast India12. H. Kham Khan Suan: Hills-Valley Divide as a Site of Conflict: Emerging Dialogic Space in ManipurPart V: Breaking the Impasse13. Subir Bhaumik: Just Development: A Strategy for Ethnic Reconciliation in Tripura14. Betsy Taylor: Grounds for Democratic Hope in Arunachal Pradesh: Emerging Civic Geographies and the Reinvention of Gender and Tribal Identities15. Bethany Lacina: Rethinking Delhi's Northeast India Policy: Why neither Counter-insurgency nor Winning Hearts and Minds is the Way ForwardReferencesNotes on ContributorsIndex