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China At Your Doorstep: Looking East From India’s NorthEast

Myanmar and India have followed separate political paths since independence only to find it converging in recent times. Myanmar’s other neighbor China has had a much larger footprint in the country. India has to calibrate its engagement with Myanmar to not just effectively implement its Look East... 

China’s Second Coast: Implications For NorthEast India

Northeast of India has been in the news recently with the coming to power of the new NDA government at the Centre. With the appointment of Gen (Retd) V. K. Singh, former Chief of Army Staff, and now a federal minister of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), the arresting signs are... 

The Naga Insurgency: The Past And The Future

Insurgency has been defined as a protracted struggle conducted methodically, step by step, in order to attain specific intermediate objectives leading finally to the overthrow of the existing order.1 In modern times, insurgency covers a full spectrum of conflicts ranging from subversion, to guerilla... 

The Kuki-Naga Conflict In The Light Of Recent Publications II

Some Critical Observations on the Recent Books Recently two doctoral theses on the Kuki–Naga conflict have been published as books. Singh (2008: x–xi) identifies the Kuki–Naga conflict as an ‘extension of the conflict due to the claim over a territory as one’s own exclusive homeland by ethnic... 

The Kuki-Naga Conflict In The Light Of Recent Publications

This brief article critically reviews various recent essays and publications on the Kuki–Naga conflict of the 1990s. The conflict has resulted in uprooting hundreds of villages, with the loss of more than a thousand lives, destruction of valuable properties and internal displacement. While British... 

Politics Of Ethnic Conflict In Manipur

This article analyses the conflict between the Kuki and Naga ethnic groups in the state of Manipur in North East India and attempts to understand why tensions arose in the first place and remain today between the two ethnic groups despite the formal cessation of hostilities in 1997. This ethnic conflict... 

Naga Movement In Manipur: Its Genesis And Impact On State Politics

Over the decades, the Naga integration movement has predictably served to catalyze and consolidate oppositional democratic politics along ethnic lines and furthering hill-valley divide in Manipur. This trend has exacerbated in the last decade as NSCN-IM seems to seek a negotiating leverage from the deepening... 

Identity Politics And Social Exclusion in India’s North-East: The Case For Re-Distributive Justice

An Apatani lady of Arunachal Pradesh. Abstract: This paper examines how various brands of identity politics since the colonial days have served to create the basis of exclusion of groups, resulting in various forms of rifts, often envisaged in binary terms: majority-minority; ‘˜sons of the soil’-immigrants;... 

India’s Look East Policy

File Photo... ASEAN+India Summit 2004 Analytical perspectives from the political, economic and military lenses Post-Cold War, India has an improved interest in South East Asia. India has to compete against a formidable rival, China, on many fronts. ERIC KOO PENG KUAN analyses what factors make the Look... 

Reasoning With The Terrorist

The present paper aims at raising the question; ‘Is it possible to reason with the terrorist?’ It also aims at finding an answer, even if tentative, to the question raised. Reasoning primarily means a covenant with truth. When two parties agree to reason together their primary commitment... 

Nationalist Ideology, Militarization And Human Rights In North-East

The deployment of armed forces in the region, the oppressive laws which legitimized it, the judicial scrutiny of such laws and the ways media represents the people’s movements in this part of India are shaped by the dominant nationalist ideology, which always treat the ethnic minorities with ‘˜suspicion’.... 

Tribal Autonomy: Politics of Exclusion & Inclusion

In the face of a tussle between majority’s democratic exclusion and marginalized community’s desire for separation from existing institutional arrangement lies the ideology of a deepening centralization of the regional polity by the Central government through constitutional arrangements of... 

Dignity And Human Security In Manipur

In an order where human security is under constant threat and where basic human dignity is trampled on, there can be no national security. The September 11 tragedy in the US brought the world into new security angst. The governments of the world came together to join the US led ‘˜War Against... 
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