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Interrogating Development

Interrogating Development
State, Displacement and Popular Resistance in North East India

First Edition

June 2008 | 180 pages | SAGE India
This book, the first in a series on the North East, focuses on development-induced displacement of population in the region in the post-colonial period. Despite state-sponsored development initiatives, the North East still remains highly underdeveloped and politically disturbed. Various development projects initiated by the state led to massive displacement of population within the region, which has virtually gone unnoticed. The author has made use of extensive empirical data to document this massive displacement.

Recently, the Government of India had decided to construct 145 mega dams to tap the hydroelectric potential of the region in order to convert the North- East into India's power house. Fearing negative effects like massive displacement of population, environmental degradation and the erosion of the rich biodiversity of the region, people at the grassroots level have built up resistance movements against such mega projects. This is a significant shift in the politics of the region, which had been ethnocentric so far. Emergence of popular resistance outside the conventional party system, based on new political cleavages is strengthening the democratic consciousness of the people living in these areas, which marks a significant shift in the politics of the region.
Imposing Development: Introducing the Incomplete Dossier of Displacement
Hard Hitting Reality: Development-Induced Displacement of Population in Post-colonial Assam
Development, Dam and Displacement: Resistance from the Threatened
Conclusion: New Politics of Development: Interface Between the State and the People

Interrogating Development is simultaneously an impassioned critique of a development process that leaves so many victims in its wake, and a rigorously empirical account of the causes and magnitude of that victimisation.

Journal of South Asian Development

This book is an endeavour to comprehend the complex relationship between state-sponsored development projects and consequent massive displacement of population in North-East India in general and Assam in particular. In the absence of a detailed study till now this study is likely to be the first of its kind to attempt at understanding the problem in a detailed manner.

Journal of Rural Development

[This book is] an attempt to document the displacement caused by the various developmental and other projects in the North East, and the responses from the various quarters to such displacement. Hussain achieves this purpose quite well….recommended reading for all who are concerned about the costs of development, particularly government officials and politicians at all levels.

Daily News Analysis

The book is certainly a treasure for teachers and students in social work to learn about the displacement issues and popular resistance in North East India. It can be used in teaching subjects such as social problems, community organization and of marginalized populations, development issues and social planning. The book will prove invaluable for sociologists, environmentalists, political scientists, policy makers, development workers, NGOs, social activists, researchers and human rights workers.

Perspectives in Social Work

Monirul Hussain

Monirul Hussain graduated from Cotton College, Guwahati and completed his MA from AMU, Aligarh. He did his M.Phil and doctoral research at the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the post doctoral research at the University of Oxford. He was recipient of Commonwealth Fellowship in 1999 and South Asia Regional Fellowship (Senior) from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York in 2004. He has contributed papers in national and international journals on society and politics in North East India. His book The Assam Movement: Class, Ideology and Identity (1993) received critical appreciations from far... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761935759