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Northeast India
A Reader

ISBN 9781138716575
Published May 9, 2018 by Routledge India
490 Pages

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Book Description

Northeast India is a multifaceted and dynamic region that is constantly in focus because of its fragile political landscape characterized by endemic violence and conflicts. One of the first of its kind, this reader on Northeast India examines myriad aspects of the region – its people and its linguistic and cultural diversity.

  • The chapters here highlight the key issues confronted by the Northeast in recent times: its history, politics, economy, gender equations, migration, ethnicity, literature and traditional performative practices.

  • The book presents interlinkages between a range of socio-cultural issues and armed political violence while covering topics such as federalism, nationality, population, migration and social change.

  • It discusses debates on development with a view to comprehensive policies and state intervention.

With its a nuanced and wide-ranging overview, this volume makes new contributions to understanding a region that is critical to the future of South Asian geopolitics. The book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of contemporary Northeast India as well as history, political science, area studies, international relations, sociology and social anthropology. It will also appeal to those interested in public administration, regional literature, cultural studies, population studies, development studies and economics.

Table of Contents


Bhagat Oinam  Dhiren A. Sadokpam

Part I: Armed Political Violence

1. Nationalist Ideology, Militarization and Human Rights in the Northeast

Kamal Mitra Chenoy

2. Armed Opposition Groups in Northeast India: The Splinter Scenario

Patrick Hoenig & K. Kokho

Part II: The Extra-Ordinary Law and Its Impact

3. Violence as AFSPA 1958 and the People’s Movement Against It

Malem Ningthouja

4. People’s Conversation on Truth, Justice and Reparation

Anjuman Ara Begum

Part III: National Questions

5. Assamese Nationality Question

Sajal Nag

6. Challenges and Predicaments of Naga Nationalism

H. Srikanth and C.J. Thomas

7. Narrating the Nation in Manipur: Reproduction of a Historical Question

A. Noni Meetei

Part IV: Land and Territoriality

8. Land, People and Conflict: A Study of Manipur and its Neighbourhood

Lokendra Arambam

9. Politics of Land Alienation and Problem of its Restoration in Tripura

Khakchang Debbarma

Part V: Migration and Ethnicity

10. Illegal Bangladeshi Migration into the Northeast: Policy Making, Politics, and Road Blocks

Bibhu Prasad Routray

11. Employment, Unemployment, Job Aspiration and Migration: Some Reflections of Tangkhul Migrants to Delhi

Marchang Reimeingam

Part VI. Federal Politics

12. Salvaging Autonomy in India’s Northeast: Beyond the Sixth Schedule Way

Kham Khan Suan Hausing

13. Autonomy for Tribal Communities in India: A Study of the Northeastern States

M. Amarjeet Singh

Part VII: Locating Civil Society

14. Fast Forward or Living in Permanent State of Nature?

Samir Kumar Das

15. Civil Society and Democracy: Absence of the Sovereign in Northeast India

Kakchingtabam Naresh Sharma

16. Pang-Sau or Redeeming India’s Northeast from Impoverished Constitutionalisms: After-life of an Essay

Prasenjit Biswas

Part VIII: Tradition And Modernity

17. Colonial  Modernity and Plight of the Receiving Communities

Bhagat Oinam

18. In the Name of a Flyover: Development, Resistance, Politics

Yengkhom Jilangamba

Part IX: Popular Culture

19. Music, Body and Sexuality in Bihu Songs of Assam

Utpola Borah

20. Problematizing Cultural Appropriation: Tangkhul Folk-Blues and Socio-Political Aspirations

Dhiren A. Sadokpam

21. Poetic Discourse in the Songs of Tapta

Usham Rojio

Part X: Literary Trends

22. Manipuri Literature in History

Thingnam Kishan Singh

23. Growth and Development of Mizo Literature

Laltluangliana Khiangte

24. Differing Resistances: Mediating the Naga Struggle in Easterine Iralu’s A Terrible Matriarchy and Temsula Ao’s These Hills Called Home

Ashley Tellis

Part XI: Women and Gender

25. The Politics of Gendered Resistance: Body and Agency

Sukalpa Bhattacharjee

26. We have got things to say: Beyond the Nationalising Narrative of the Bodoland movement

Amrapalli Basumatary

Part XII: State and Development Policies

27. Building Northeastern Futures, Looking East 

B.G. Verghese

28. Preparing the Northeastern Economy for the Future

Gulshan Sachdeva

29. Critiquing the Development Intervention in the Northeast

Amar Yumnam

30. Understanding Underdevelopment: State of Economy in the Northeast

Thingnam Kishan Singh

31. Re-imagining the North East in India, Again: Did Geography Sidestep History in Vision (2020)?

Rohan D'Souza 

32. Post-Development, Democratic Discourse and Dissensus: A Critique of Vision 2020

Prasenjit Biswas


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Bhagat Oinam is Professor at the Centre for Philosophy at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Concurrent Faculty at the Northeast India Studies Programme, JNU, New Delhi, India. He has worked at several institutes including the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, North Eastern Hill University, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and Centre for Studies in Civilizations (CSC). He has been a visiting scholar at Freie Universität and Tel Aviv University, among others. In addition to several articles published in journals and anthologies, he has co-edited the volume Perspectives on Manipuri Culture (2017) under the CSC series ‘History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization’.

Dhiren A. Sadokpam is an independent researcher and journalist based in Manipur. He is currently the Executive Editor of Eastern Quarterly, a journal on India’s Northeast. Sadokpam was also the editor of the Imphal-based English daily, Hueiyen Lanpao. He has worked both in print and electronic media since 1996 and is currently engaged with independent works on media, culture and the political economy of Northeast India.

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