Making of India's Northeast: Geopolitics of Borderland and Transnational Interactions, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Making of India's Northeast

Geopolitics of Borderland and Transnational Interactions, 1st Edition

By Dilip Gogoi

Routledge India

292 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138503380
pub: 2019-11-30
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This book examines India’s Northeast borderland — strategically positioned at the confluence of South Asia, East and Southeast Asia — from the perspective of International Relations. The volume interrogates the geopolitics of region-making in both colonial and postcolonial times and traces the transformation of Northeast India from a British strategic frontier into a securitized borderland. It situates the region in transnational interactions both in conflict and cooperation with its immediate neighbouring regions of China, Bangladesh and Myanmar, especially in the context of India’s Look East/Act East policy. The volume paves the way for a new ‘region-state’ framework borne out of the constructivist worldview and offers answers to many conundrums centering border studies. It further delineates approaches to overcoming the present geopolitical and territorial challenges of India’s Northeast with a critical thrust on regional policymaking.

The volume will be of interest to students and researchers in the disciplines of social sciences and humanities in India as well as South and South East Asia. It will be especially useful to those in politics & international relations, strategic studies, international political economy, foreign policy, development studies, regional development, besides foreign policy-makers and diplomats, development practitioners, economists and policy analysts.

Table of Contents

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Chapter I

Introduction: Situating a Sub-State Region in IR

Chapter II

Frontier, Border and Territorial State

Chapter III

Bordering States, Conflict and Cooperation

Chapter IV

Making of India’s ‘Northeast’

Chapter V

Northeast India in the Realm of Geopolitics

Chapter VI

Act East Through India’s Northeast

Chapter VII

Conclusion: Way Forward — A Possible ‘Region-State’




About the Author

Dilip Gogoi teaches International Politics at the Department of Political Science, Cotton University, Assam, India. An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a recipient of Visiting Fellowship at International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (2009) and Lok Sabha Research Fellowship (Speaker’s Research Initiative, Parliament of India, 2018–19), he has edited Unheeded Hinterland: Identity and Sovereignty in Northeast India (2016) and Beyond Borders: Look East Policy and Northeast India (2010); and co-edited Shifting Terrain: Conflict Dynamics in Northeast India (2012) and Marginal Frontier: Select Essays on Northeast India (2012). His current research interests include transboundary environmental governance and justice from the perspective of International Relations with an emphasis on Northeast India and the greater Eastern Himalayan region.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies