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Durable Disorder

Sanjib Baruah

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690828
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081769 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690828.001.0001
Durable Disorder

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This book offers fresh insights into ethnic conflict and democracy with reference to Northeast India, where insurgency and counter-insurgency operations have caused human and material losses, eroded the region’s democratic fabric, and institutionalised authoritarianism. The result is a growing dissonance between the concept of ethnic homelands and the political economy that actually exists in the region. The book also traces the origins of the Naga insurgency—Northeast India’s oldest armed conflict—and looks at the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) during different phases of its power and influence. The author argues that if peace and development are to be brought to the region, India’s policy would have to be reoriented and linked to a new foreign policy towards Southeast Asia through the pursuit of a dynamic ‘Look East’ policy. In the Preface, the author discusses the issues of insider/outsider and the politics of location which have been interpreted by reviewers and critics as the main themes of the book.

Keywords: Northeast India; ethnic conflict; democracy; insurgency; political economy; United Liberation Front of Assam; economic integration; Southeast Asia; authoritarianism; counter-insurgency; insider/outsider; the politics of location

Book.  286 pages. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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Nationalizing Space in Durable Disorder

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The Indian State and ULFA in Durable Disorder

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Twenty-Five Years Later in Durable Disorder

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Citizens and Denizens in Durable Disorder

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Beyond Durable Disorder in Durable Disorder

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