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This book maps the evolution of India?s North East into a constituent region of the republic and analyses the perpetual crisis in the region since Independence. It highlights how land, language and leadership issues have been the seed of contention in the North East and how factors like ethnicity, ideology and religion have shaped the conflicts. It also throws light on the major insurgencies, internal displacements, protest movements and the regional drug and weapons trade in the region. It examines ?the crisis of development? and the evolution of the polity before offering a policy framework to combat the crises.
The book includes a large body of original data, documentation and field interviews with major players as well as stakeholders. It is an important reference resource for students of politics and international relations, especially for those involved in South Asian studies and conflict studies. It is also an informative read for decision-makers, bureaucrats dealing with the North East and those involved in counter-insurgency operations in the area.
Table of Contents
India?s North East: Frontier to Region
Ethnicity, Ideology and Religion
Land, Language and Leadership
Insurgency, Ethnic Cleansing and Forced Migration
The Foreign Hand
Guns, Drugs and Contraband
Elections, Pressure Groups and Civil Society
The Crisis of Development
The Road Ahead