The Autonomy Discourse: Ethnic Aspirations In India's Northeast edited by Wasbir Hussain & Rani Pathak Das. Published by Wordweaves India (2013), pages 158, Price Rs 499 (ISBN-978-81-909903-8-7)

About the Book

The concept of autonomy was in practice in the Northeast much before Independence. After India’s Independence in 1947, the government appointed sub-committee of the Constituent Assembly, known as the North-East Frontier (Assam) Tribal and Excluded Areas Committee, studied the aspirations and demands of the hill tribes and recommended Autonomous District Councils for the tribal areas that was accepted and incorporated in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Several decades have passed, but the success of autonomy in the region still remains a big question,

with continued agitations by different tribal groups for more powers and safeguards to their identity. Of late, the region has witnessed agitations for separate states, movements which are seen as further extension of the autonomy demands or aspirations.

The essays the book The Autonomy Discourse: Ethnic Aspirations In India's Northeast, would help understand the aspirations of the various groups and communities in Assam and the rest of the Northeast. The observations and views of the contributors provide answers to a great extent as to why those communities who are already enjoying powers and facilities in accordance with the provisions of the Sixth Schedule, governed by the District Councils, are still demanding more autonomy.

The set of recommendations for a workable autonomy model for the region can help the Government and policy formulators in dealing with or trying to resolve the various demands of the ethnic groups in Northeast India.

contents

Preface & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Contributors

Inaugural Session

Empowerment And Good Governance: A Must for Tribal Communities

 

J B Patnaik

Autonomy And Devolution Of Powers In Northeast India

 

P C Haldar

 
Session - I

Ethnic Aspirations And Politics Of Autonomy In Northeast India

 

Paul Lyngdoh

The Autonomy Experience And The Demand For Federal Restructuring In Assam

 

Noni Gopal Mahanta

Community-Based Autonomy In Assam: An Exercise At Appeasement, Not Development?

 

Ranoj Pegu

The Autonomy Discourse In Assam

 

Samujjal Bhattacharya

Discussion
 
Session -II

Autonomy On Ethnic Lines: A Recipe To Fragment The Northeast?

 

Patricia Mukhim

Six Decades Of Autonomy In Dima Hasao: The Road Ahead

 

Debojeet Thaosen

Co-Existence In A Small State: The Bodoland Perspective

 

U G Brahma

Discussion
 
Session - III

The Autonomy Model In Northeast India: A Failed Experiment?

  Dr Jayanta Rongpi

Autonomy And Devolution Of Powers: Can It Fulfi ll People’s Aspirations In Northeast India?

  Shashadhar Choudhury

An Ideal Autonomy Arrangement To Address Tribal Aspirations In Tripura

  Khakchang Debbarma
Discussion
   

Theme Paper & Recommendations

 

Wasbir Hussain

 

Northeast India Sustaining Peace Changing Dimensions edited by Wasbir Hussain. Research by Rani Pathak Das. Published by Bhabani Books, Guwahati (2012), pages 186, Price 350 (ISBN-978-93-82624-02-8)

About the Book

The book Northeast India Sustaining Peace Changing Dimensions, is an attempt at looking into the changing discourses of peace and security in the area. It takes stock of the Maoists’ emergence in the region, their linkages with ethnic rebel groups in the vicinity, the front organizations etc.

The papers in the volume also look at the security scenario, the idea of a moratorium on peace talks with new insurgent groups, the changing contours and dynamics of conflict in the Northeast, possibility of the Look East Policy integrating the region by bringing about connectivity in the neighbourhood, and development as a means towards building peace.

The essays give the readers a broad picture of the prevailing situation in Northeast India, and can be of help to students, peace makers and governments alike.

contents

Preface & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Writers

1.

Sustaining Peace in the Northeast– Changing Dimensions

 

G.K. Pillai

2. Maoists in India’s Northeast: The Pull Factors
 

Samir Kumar Das

3. Red Terror in Northeast India: Maoists’ Link-up with Ethnic
  Rebels Adds New Dimension to the Region’s Security
 

Wasbir Hussain

4. The Indian Constitution: Can it Accommodate Diverse
  Aspirations?
 

Patricia Mukhim

5. Dealing with War & Peace in Northeast India: Initiatives
 

beyond Boundaries

 

Subir Bhaumik

6.

Elusive Peace in Northeast: The Manipur Case

 

Rajen Singh Laishram

7. Conflict over Land, Governance and Development:
 

KMSS in Assam

 

Nani Gopal Mahanta

8.

Development: A Key for Sustaining Peace in Northeast India

 

Gaurav Gogoi

9.

Positioning Northeast India on the Super-highway to

  Southeast Asia
 

Wasbir Hussain

10. Insurgent Politics & Negotiations:
  Is a Moratorium on Peace Talks Needed?
 

Rani Pathak Das

 

Peace Tools & Conflict Nuances in India’s Northeast. edited by Wasbir Hussain. Published by Wordweaves India, Guwahati (2010), pages 235, Price 499 (ISBN-978-81-909903-1-8)

About the Book

The book, Peace Tools & Conflict Nuances in India’s Northeast, is a collection of essays on various dimensions of conflict in the northeastern Indian theatre, a vast region inhabited by 40 million people that has seen armed separatist insurrections for more than six decades, and, of course, ethnic aspirations taking the form of violent uprisings.

Aside from well known analysts, academics, journalists, and people directly involved in governance making their points on such aspects in a conflict situation as the role of the civil society or the media,

or talk in general terms about conflict dynamics and theories, the volume has essays that looks at an unusual possibility— can political science as a discipline beused as a tool to understand and resolve conflicts, say in the Northeast. Papers on the civil liberty issue, the moral economy of counter-insurgency, conceptualizing gender, peace and conflict in a state like Assam, and conflict management approaches, help in understanding the intricate conflict nuances in Northeast India. The editor of this volume, Wasbir Hussain, Director of the Centre for Development & Peace Studies and a well known security analyst, had added another dimension by arguing in his essay that diplomacy can be a potent tool in tackling conflict, particularly trans-border terror.

contents

Preface & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Writers

  Introduction
1.

Conflict Resolution: The Social Sciences As Force

  Multipliers
  AJAI SAHNI
2. Can Political Science Be A Tool For Understanding And
  Resolving Conflicts?
  SWARAN SINGH
3. Track-2 And Counter-Insurgency
  GEN (RETD) J J SINGH
4. Encounters In The Peace Process: The Moral
  Economy Of Counter-insurgency
  PRASENJIT BISWAS
5. Diplomacy As A Tool To Combat Trans-border Terror: The ULFA Case
  WASBIR HUSSAIN
6. Political Science Research Capacity In Northeast India
  APURBA K. BARUAH
7. Civil Society In India’s Northeast: Can It Still Help Resolve Conflict In The Region?
  PATRICIA MUKHIM
8. Journalism In A Conflict Zone: A View From India’s Northeast
  SUBIR BHAUMIK
9. Civil Liberty: A Victim Of Actions By The State And Non-state Armed Groups In Northeast India
  KHAKCHANG DEBBARMA
10. Conflict Management vis-à-vis Conflict Transformation:
Some Reflections From Northeast India
  DR NANI GOPAL MAHANTA
11. Diffusion Of Technology In Maintaining Peace
  And Public Order With Community Policing
  DR TAPAN CHAKRABORTY
12. Why Does The State Fail To Tackle Terror And
  Insurgency? Perspective From Northeast India
  DR AKHIL RANJAN DUTTA
13. Conceptualizing Gender, Peace And Conflict:
  The Assam Case
  DOLLY PHUKON
 

Order in Chaos: Essays on Conflict in India’s Northeast and the Road to Peace in South Asia –edited by Wasbir Hussain. Spectrum Publications, Guwahati/New Delhi (2006), pages 175, Price 596 (ISBN 81-8344-018-5)

About the Book

South Asia is among the world’s ethnic hotspots where groups of people are perennially engaged in the quest for identity or nationality formation, often taking recourse to violent armed uprisings against the states. India’s Northeast, wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China’s Tibet region, is a microcosm of all the problems and challenges facing South Asia today.

The book takes stock of the conflicts in South Asia as a whole, while going into the specific problems facing Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, besides the complex issues of insurgency and trans-border terror in India’s Northeast. It also looks at the prospects or the possibility of an economic integration of India’s far eastern frontier with the booming economies in the South Asian neighbourhood.

The writers, all well-known experts on the South Asian peace and conflict scenario, analyses the conflicts, detailing their various dimensions and documenting facts, both known and unknown, in perspective. The essays give readers a broad picture of the prevailing situation in South Asia and can be of help to peace-makers and governments alike as they embark on the road to peace.

 

Contents

Preface

The Writers

SECTION I

Introduction

SECTION II

The South Asian Scenario

1. Conflict Dynamics in South Asia and Approach to Peace
  SRIDHAR K. KHATRI
2. Bangladesh: Challenges to Peace
  SHAHEDUL ANAM KHAN
3. Sri Lanka: Negotiating the Road to Peace
  AMEEN IZZADEEN
4. Nepal : Governance Vs Insurgent Politics
  RAM S. MAHAT

SECTION III

India’s Northeast: The Challenges

5. Challenges of Peace Building in India’s Northeast: A Holistic Perspective
  PARTHA S. GHOSH
6. Insurgency sans Borders: An Analysis of Separatist Insurrections in India’s Northeast
  WASBIR HUSSAIN
7. Negotiating Insurgency and Holding On To Peace in Mizoram
  L.T. PUDAITE
8. Ethno-Nationalism in India’s Northeast
  BINALAKSHMI NEPRAM
9. Militancy and Education
  INDIRA GOSWAMI
10. Transnational Connections with South and South-east Asian Neighbours: Scenario from Northeast India
  NANI G. MAHANTA

 

Research Papers
Red Terror in Northeast India: Maoists’ Link-up with Ethnic Rebels Adds New Dimension to the Region’s Security
Wasbir Hussain
Insurgent Politics & Negotiations: Is a Moratorium on Peace Talks Needed?
Rani Pathak Das