Governing India's Northeast: Essays on Insurgency, by Samir Kumar Das

By Samir Kumar Das

​This e-book makes a speciality of problems with governance and the character and complexities of social transformation in India’s Northeast -- a ‘problem’ quarter for policymakers -- really because the early Nineteen Nineties. whereas governance is the thread that runs throughout the quantity, the latter at one point addresses the demanding situations of governing in worldwide occasions a quarter traditionally marked through acute violence, interethnic clash and insurgency; and at one other, lines macro alterations within the very types and applied sciences of governance. The essays during this quantity element to how altering varieties and applied sciences of governing insurgency, improvement and tradition don't stay mere tools of peace, yet outline the very nature and content material of either peace and clash and their interrelationship within the region.

For the 1st time within the heritage of scholarship at the quarter, the 3 the most important problems with insurgency, improvement and tradition were analysed in the course of the lens of governance. This quantity, for this reason, marks a major addition to the scholarship at the quarter.

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The Assembly never subsequently ratified the treaty. One of the local newspapers—the Bhagyavati Patrika—in fact took a leading role in voicing its dissent against the merger. In an editorial published on 20 September 1949, it “urged upon Maharaja Bodh Chandra Singh not to surrender the dignity and honour of the Manipuri nation” and pleaded for the ‘protection of Kingship’. ” The All-Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) also dubbed this agreement as “invalid, unfair, unequal treaty and done under duress”.

Whatever the colonial rulers did in the far-off frontiers of the Northeast—while ordering and stabilizing the frontier tribes—was informed by the deeply ingrained sense of colonial responsibility on their part towards their own subjects. 4 Suan has discussed the point with reference to the Zo tribe. See Suan (2011: 157–187). 3 The Colonized and the Rebel 29 The colonial policy of differentiating the subjects from the frontier tribes accordingly produced two very distinct kinds of subjects or more often than not a veritable mix between them: On the one hand, there was the widely known ‘docile body’ of subjects predominantly living in the plains to whom the colonial rule remained beholden out of what we describe as the deep sense of responsibility and whose desire it was to be as firmly ensconced in the framework of the colonial rule as others at that time (like the Bengalis) were and reaping the benefits and advantages that colonialism had promised in its wake.

The insurgents continue to be branded as ‘our boys’ and ‘our sons’. Indira Raisom Goswami—the key person to have attempted lately and albeit unsuccessfully to bring the Government and ULFA to the negotiating table, still feels the necessity of understanding the minds of ‘our sons’ and appreciate why they have taken up cudgels against the Indian State—instead of launching an all out military action. Their transformation into an object of protective policies particularly since India’s independence has created what Foucault called, a ‘hermeneutic of subject’ (Foucault 1994: 93–106)—a new ‘Indian nation’ set in motion by the very anxietyproducing processes that also shape its views about the ‘troubled peripheries’.

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