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Troubled Periphery
The Crisis of India's North East

First Edition


October 2009 | 324 pages | SAGE India

This book maps the evolution of India's North-East into a constituent region of the republic and analyzes the perpetual crisis in the region since Independence. It highlights how linguistic and leadership issues have long been the seed of contention in the region and how factors like ethnicity, ideology, and religion further aggravate the conflicts. It also throws light on the major insurgencies, internal displacements, protest movements, and the regional drug and weapons trade in the region. Finally, it suggests a policy framework to combat the crises.

The book includes a large body of original data, documentation and field interviews with major players, as well as stakeholders. It is an important reference resource for students of politics and international relations, especially for those involved in studies of India's north-east or conflict studies. It is also a must-read for decision-makers and bureaucrats dealing with the North-East.

 
Preface
 
India's Northeast: Frontier to Region
 
Ethnicity, Ideology and Religion
 
Land, Language and Leadership
 
Insurgency, Ethnic Cleansing and Forced Migration
 
The Foreign Hand
 
Guns, Drugs and Contraband
 
Elections, Pressure Groups and Civil Society
 
The Crisis of Development
 
The Road Ahead
 
Bibliography
 
Index

A book that tells you the truth about the North-East of India—from first-hand experience—written as it is by a journalist who has spent entire career covering the region for various national and international media…. Drawing from an entire gamut of sources mostly primary, unpublished documents and interviews with insurgents, security personnel and activists, Troubled Periphery tells the story as it is. Because it does not confined to academic jargon and theoretical paradigms alone, but amalgamates deep academic scholarship of the region with a first-person immediacy, it will no doubt find a larger audience among people willing to know and learn about the North-East…. The book is also a treasure trove of original documentation, which goes a long way in demystifying the rebel strategies and the politics of counter-insurgency operations.

The New Indian Express

With his new book, Troubled Periphery, Bhaumik explores the troubled terrains of the northeast in a way very few authors have. The book is a rather well-argued attempt at explaining the crisis faced by the region and India’s policy on it… The narrative is peppered with interviews of actors, rebel leaders, military and administrative officials, political leaders and even NGO activists.

The Week

This informative work by well known Indian journalist and researcher, Subir Bhaumik, gives us a detailed ‘close-up’ of the identity politics of India’s North-East and probes in-depth the plethora of political and socio-economic issues riddling the region.

The Island online, Sri Lanka

This book maps the reality of the region but goes beyond mere history to analyse why the region has been in perpetual crisis since Independence. It highlights how land, language and leadership issues have been talking points in the northeast and how factors like ethnicity, ideology and religion have shaped conflicts.… Troubled Periphery has briskly captured top bestseller slots in the non-fiction category in several bookstores across the country.

Civil Society

A welcome attempt … [The book] provides us access to first-hand insights, interviews with key players, study of records and explanation of the background to the festering wounds there. A vital contribution to India’s nation-building effort, it unravels the tangled web of forces, events and ideas that are shaping the response of the north-east to its history…. Bhaumik analysis is painstaking and lucid.

Economic & Political Weekly

A holistic approach built on well-constructed arguments to explain the ethnic crises of India’s North East...the book brings out many important insights from the state to politics, ethnicity to development and socio-political movements to state intervention in the region.

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Subir Bhaumik

Subir Bhaumik is the East India Correspondent of the BBC World Service for the last 15 years. He has reported on North East India and the countries around it for three decades since his previous assignments with Press Trust of India, Ananda Bazar Patrika and Reuters News Agency. As a journalist he has broken some of the biggest stories in North East India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Himalayan countries of Nepal and Bhutan. He was Queen Elizabeth House Fellow in Oxford University (1989–90), during which he completed his first book Insurgent Crossfire (published by Lancers in 1996). He has been a Fellow at Frankfurt University and done... More About Author

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