Troubled Diversity: The Political Process in Northeast India

Hardcover | February 27, 2015

EditorSandhya Goswami

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The Northeast has evolved as the "other" in India's nationalist paradigm. This otherness is the result of the region's racial composition and its historical positioning, cultural connectivity, communication, and economic linkage. A site of radical identity politics, the Northeast has variouscommunities with striking differences in origin, religion, and language that give rise to ethnic conflicts and contestations for power, with each group perceiving the other as a threat to its existence.This work looks at the politics of diversity and identity in the Northeast. The concept of "diversity" can be used as a unifying mechanism in the post-colonial nation-state through which identities can get homogenized; ethnic identities and cultures can be manipulated for political or economicadvantage; and ethnic violence can have disastrous consequences like extortion, rape, abduction, death, and violation of human rights.Offering a comprehensive analysis that includes theoretical perspectives and a comparison with the political problems in Jammu and Kashmir, this book is a significant study of identity crises in minority communities.

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The Northeast has evolved as the "other" in India's nationalist paradigm. This otherness is the result of the region's racial composition and its historical positioning, cultural connectivity, communication, and economic linkage. A site of radical identity politics, the Northeast has variouscommunities with striking differences in orig...

Sandhya Goswami is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Gauhati University. She is also a member of the Lokniti Programme of Comparative Democracy under the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. Her principal research interests include democracy, election studies, and social movements.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:February 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199453337

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D.P. Barooah: ForewordList of TablesAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsSandhya Goswami: IntroductionI: Historical Legacies1. Nandana Dutta: Constructing and Performing Diversity: Colonial and Contemporary Processes2. Amit Prakash: Post-Colonial Indian State and Tribes: Nationalist Discursive Structures and a New Hegemonic Consensus3. Ashok Kumar Ray: Nation State and Ethnicity: The Critical Discourse in Northeast India4. Meeta Deka: Adivasi Identity Question in Assam: A Historical PerspectiveII: Diversity, Development, Conflict and Management5. Barnalee Choudhury: The Nexus Between Development and Diversity: A Case Study of the Pagaladia Dam Project6. Dhruba Pratim Sharma: Demand of 'Tea Tribes' for Scheduled Tribe Status in Assam: A Review7. Jayanta Krishna Sarmah: Autonomy Question and Local Governance Paradox: Alternative Intra-federal De-territorialized Model8. Uttam Bathari: Managing Diversity: The Case of Karbi-Dimasa Autonomy MovementIII: Comparative Perspective9. Noor Ahmed Baba: North East and Kashmir:Problems in a Comparative Perspective10. Rekha Choudhary and Sandhya Goswami: Diversity and Conflict: Lessons Drawn from Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India11. Bhagat Oinam: Beyond the Politics of ControlIndexNotes on Editors and Contributors