Thisbook presents a comprehensive account of the debates on sovereignty, self-determination and nationalist upsurges in India’s Northeast, especially Assam. At a deeper level, it analyses how multi-ethnic societies engage with the nation state. Based on the framework of international relations and geo-politics, the volume locates internal tensions and contradictions among different ethnic groups, alongside the complex interrelationships between the centre and the region. It also proposes a new structure of ‘Common Ethnic House’ to resolve persistent inter-ethnic tensions among different communities and the impasse between the Northeast and the centre.
This book will interest scholars and researchers of politics and international relations, sociology and social anthropology, area studies, peace and conflict studies, especially those concerned with South Asia and Northeast India.
List of Abbreviations. About the Contributors. Acknowledgement. Part 1: Locating the Problem 1. Introduction: Sovereignty and National Identity: The Troubled Trajectory in Northeast IndiaPart 2. Situating the Debate: Interface of Sovereignty and Self Determination 2. Sovereignty at the Frontiers: Contests and Contradictions 3. Self Determination, Multi Ethnic State and quest for Assamese Nationhood4. ‘Sarbabhoum Asom’: Three Public Discourses5. ‘Swadhin Asom’: Contesting Territories and LinkagesPart 3. Migration, Contested Citizenship and the Identity 6. Immigration, Indigeneity and Identity: The Bangladeshi Immigration Question in Assam Chandan Kumar Sharma 7. The State and the Migrants: Contextualizing the Citizenship Debate in AssamPart 4. National Consciousness: The Role of Students and Literary Bodies 8. Identity Consciousness and Students’ Movements: The Role of AASU9. Assamese Identity and the Ethnic Dissent: Asom Sahitya Sabha at the CrossroadsPart 5. Civil Society, Indian State and Conflict Resolution 10. Between State and the Insurgents: Violation of Human Rights in Assam 11. The ULFA and Indian State: Role of Civil Society in Resolving Conflict 12. .Accommodating Differences: The Indian Democracy and Assamese Nationalism 13. Postscript:Ending the Impasse and Reintegrating the Northeast India Glossary. Index.