Maoists and Government Welfare : Excluding Legitimacy or Legitimising Exclusion? book cover
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Maoists and Government Welfare
Excluding Legitimacy or Legitimising Exclusion?

ISBN 9780367704155
Published December 30, 2022 by Routledge India
170 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book systematically analyses state responses towards Maoism in India and studies the role of state policies in prolonging conflict. It looks at how the structural maladies that once gave rise to conflict have now found a place in the government responses meant to address it. The book studies the socio-political conditions of Adivasis and lower caste groups that make up large sections of the cadre and highlights the exclusionary nature of the Indian political landscape. It discusses various themes such as state legitimacy, the political landscape through exclusion, the agency of Maoist foot soldiers, limitations of government welfare responses, and the idea of the marginalised in India.

Rich in empirical data, the book will be useful for scholars and researchers of development studies, political studies, political sociology, minority studies, exclusion studies, sociology and social anthropology. It will also be of interest to policy-makers.

Table of Contents

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List of Abbreviations


1. Introduction

2. The Question of Positionality

3. Conceptualising India’s Legitimacy

4. Reimagining the Political Landscape Through Exclusion

5. Contextualising the Excluded

6. Welfare Responses – Too Little Too Late

7. Conclusion



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Suparna Banerjee has a PhD in Political Science from Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Center for Development Research, University of Bonn), Germany. She was a senior research fellow at International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. In this position, she worked on Myanmar ethnic conflicts and conducted field work in the country in 2015 during its transition phase. She completed her M.Phil in Foreign Policy Studies from the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta during which she wrote her thesis on Iran's Nuclear Programme. She has a Master’s in Sociology from the University of Calcutta and a Bachelor's degree from Presidency College, Kolkata, India. She has been working on conflicts, violence, legitimacy and Maoism for a decade now. She has travelled across India interacting with Maoists, Adivasis and other marginalised groups. Her writings have been published as issue briefs, web articles, as well as journal articles