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Look East Policy, Subregional Connectivity Projects and North East India

Many native scholars and social activists concerned about peace and development in landlocked, peripheral, conflict-ridden northeastern states have been pinning hopes on India's Look (Act) East Policy. They expect the proposed subregional connectivity projects to contribute to economic development of the region and address its problems of underdevelopment. Interrogating the assumptions on which the connectivity projects are conceived, the article throws light on hindrances in realisation of the set objectives.

Ethnic Militancy in Assam

The killing of over 70 adivasis in Assam by one faction of the Bodo militants is part of a pattern which has become normalised in Assam and its neighbouring states. This article places the present killings in the historical context of the rise of ethnic militancy and underlines, yet again, the futility of such acts.

Between Balance and Bias

The Fall and Rise of Telangana by Gautam Pingle (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan), 2014; pp xvii + 326, Rs 395.

Who in North-east India Are Indigenous?

As the struggle for gaining recognition as "indigenous peoples" gains momentum, more and more tribal communities in north-east India have begun identifying or projecting themselves as such. Although no community is officially declared indigenous, the central and state governments grant constitutional and political concessions to certain tribal communities in the north-east, recognising their claims to indigeneity. But in the region, the question of who is indigenous remains contentious. While reflecting on the implications of recognising some communities in the region as indigenous, this article focuses on the limitations of the politics of indigeneity.

Construction and Consolidation of the Telangana Identity

The movement for a separate Telangana state has been hailed by many intellectuals as a democratic struggle of the people of a region against political domination and economic exploitation. The central government’s decision to create a new state is seen as an official recognition of the people’s aspiration for identity and self-rule. Interrogating such perceptions, this article examines the process by which a Telangana identity has been constructed and throws light on different factors that contributed to it. The Telangana identity is built partly on fact, and partly on half-truths, prejudices, and false hopes. Apart from intellectuals, the resurrection of the regional identity has been facilitated by the opportunism of political parties, in particular, the unjustifi able inaction of the left.

The Sino-Indian Border Dispute

The nationalist elite has projected India's defeat in the Sino-Indian war of 1962 as the country being a victim of Chinese aggression. Nationalist hysteria that preceded and followed the war did not allow a dispassionate refl ection on India's stand on the border dispute. It is only recently that people have started listening to the other side of the story. Stressing the need to continue a dialogue, this essay argues that only a give-and-take policy will put an end to the vexed dispute between India and China.

Multiculturalism and the Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

The challenges posed by ethnic minorities have compelled many a modern state to accept multiculturalism as state policy. Canada’s contributions to development of the theory and practice of multiculturalism are well known. However, within Canada itself there are segments like the aboriginal peoples who consider that multiculturalism does not adequately address their problems, experiences and concerns. Looking at different trajectories that have shaped Canadian multiculturalism, this article throws light on the aboriginal critique of multiculturalism and shows how the indigenous peoples of Canada have been shaping their own future outside the framework of multiculturalism.

Prospects of Liberal Democracy in Meghalaya

The Khasi Students' Union (KSU), which came into existence in the year 1978, declared that it would work for upholding the Khasi identity by awakening respect for Khasi language, culture and tradition, fight against infiltration by outsiders, and ensure that the children of the soil control the economy, polity and land in Meghalaya. Initially KSU played a decisive role in state politics, though it was not affiliated to any political party. Later, however, the other tribes and the non-tribal communities living in the state started viewing it with suspicion and fear. KSU's hegemonic role had shrunk the democratic space for the rise of other organisations within the state. It was during KSU's agitation of 2001 that Meghalayan civil society demonstrated an acceptance of liberal democratic ideas by criticising KSU's ethnocentric agenda. Khasi society is now trying to make a break from the past and open itself to criticism and self-criticism.

Discourses on Rights and India?s North-East

communitarian view in the context of north-east India is nothing more than Discourses on Rights parochial ethnocentric world view which has little to do with the philosophy of communitarianism as developed in the and India

Persisting Questions

Persisting Questions Social Movements, Old and New: A Post-modernist Critique by Rajendra Singh; Sage Publications, 2001; pp 367, Rs 550 (hardcover).

Recruitment of Teachers in Universities

Recruitment of Teachers in Universities A Proposal H SRIKANTH In the debate in EPW on the relevance of UGC-NET, the critics (K M Seethi, June 3, A K Bagchi July 29 and Sajid Ibrahim October 7, 2000) have examined how the external actors like the UGC, the central government, the Hindutva forces, etc, have been facilitating the recruitment of not-so-deserving candidates as teachers in the universities. While the points they have raised are not without merit, I feel they have given very little attention to the actual processes that determine the recruitment of teachers in Indian universities. The NET model is no doubt elitist in its approach, but the earlier system of recruitment was no better. There is a need to ensure that our opposition to the anti-people educational policies of the government does not end up as endorsement of all that is polluted and rotten in the university system.

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