Indias North-East: Identity Movements, State, and Civil Society

Hardcover | November 27, 2014

byUdayon Misra

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In many senses, India's Northeast has been an enigma to the rest of the country. Beginning with the earliest challenge of the nation-building process in India, this highly diverse and multicultural region has, through its multiple identity movements and militant separatism, thrown up severalmajor issues which have resulted in re-drawing the parameters of the Indian nation-state and helped to re-define the idea of nationalism itself. This selection of essays/commentaries, written over some three decades, analyze the complex processes of the nation-state's engagement with the demands for autonomy/independence raised by the small nationalities of the northeastern region but also focuses on the contradictions and new equationsthat have been emerging both within these movements and in the State's response to them. The factors behind the rise of ethnic nationalist assertions, the role of civil society, the rise of exclusivist politics and the question of citizens' rights are other issues that figure prominently in thediscussions.

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In many senses, India's Northeast has been an enigma to the rest of the country. Beginning with the earliest challenge of the nation-building process in India, this highly diverse and multicultural region has, through its multiple identity movements and militant separatism, thrown up severalmajor issues which have resulted in re-drawin...

Udayon Misra, former Professor and Head of the Department of English of Dibrugarh University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsSection A: Northeast India: Roots of Alienation1. India's Northeast: Tracing Some of the Early Roots of Alienation2. Assam and the Partition: Caught in the Time Warp3. Who 'Owns' India: The Meaning of 'My' in 'My Country'Section B: Course and Character of the Naga Struggle4. The Naga National Question5. Naga Nationalism and the Role of the Middle Class6. Portrait of a Naga 'Hostile'7. CPI and the Naga Struggle8. Alternate Voices in the Naga MovementSection C: Assam : Identity Movements and Insurgent Politics9. Immigration and Identity Transformation in Assam10. Targeting the Innocent11. No Tears for the Liberators12. ULFA: Beginning of the End13. Peace Talks or the Fall of the Curtain for ULFA?14. Bodo Stir: Complex Issues, Unattainable Demands15. Bodoland: The Burden of History16. Assam Tea: The Bitter Brew17. Fresh Tension in Upper Assam Tea Belt18. The Adivasi StruggleSection D: State and Civil Society in Northeast India19. Comparing the Naga and Assam Peace Processes20. Naga Peace Talks: High Hopes and Hard Realities21. Assam: Towards a Viable Peace or a Cul-De-Sac?22. Roll Call of the Dead23. Army Killings in Assam24. Asom Sahitya Sabha25. KMSS: Giving a New Edge to People's Protests26. Hereditary Power Structures, Traditional Institutions and Representative DemocracyAbout the AuthorIndex