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Beyond Durable Disorder

Sanjib Baruah

in Durable Disorder

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690828
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081769 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690828.003.0010
Beyond Durable Disorder

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Northeast India’s political troubles can be traced to its economic underdevelopment. There is no guarantee that the Northeast’s present predicament can be solved by a successful counter-insurgency and a lot of money. This chapter argues that globalization presents opportunities for Northeast India to get out of the ‘territorial trap’ and relate to its transnational neighbours on the east, both economically and culturally. It discusses transnationalism and how transnational region building can bring important dividends to Northeast India in terms of economics and politics. It also describes the politics of recognition as a recurrent theme in the politics of ethnic militancy in the region, how China and security anxieties are holding back the region’s pursuit of a Look East policy, and the future direction of this policy.

Keywords: Northeast India; economic underdevelopment; globalization; transnationalism; militancy; security; China; Look East policy; politics of recognition

Chapter.  10416 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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