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An Appeal for Sanity

The following statement was issued on January 12 by concerned citizens of Assam about the enormous scale of violence in the state and its consequences for the future. The people of Assam have been appalled by the massacre of innocents by the extremist organisation, ULFA. From time to time they have...

Internally Displaced Persons in India's North-East

Most internally displaced persons in the north-east are victims of environmental degradation, skewed development processes and ethnic conflicts. Though technically they are citizens of the country, empirically they are refugees, and their exact numbers are still to be estimated. Their deplorable condition in the camps and general neglect suggests that the state is not bothered.

Food Security and the North-East

The entire north-eastern region of India is deficit in food production. In addition to the worsening problem of landlessness, a significant section of the people suffer from environment, development and conflict-induced displacement. However, food insecurity of the north-east has been ignored so far due to the excessive engagement with questions of 'identity' and 'insurgency' in the region.

Governance and Electoral Processes in India's North-East

The concept of governance though of recent origin encompasses much more than mere rule or administration - it represents a commitment to democratic institutions, processes and values in order to ensure economic, political and social security. It involves the civil society and the people as partners with the government working in collective interest. This paper attempts a look at the quality of governance in a `peripheral' region of India - the northeast - by seeking an objective understanding of how democracy and its institutions function in this region. The linkages between governance and the functioning of democracy are studied here in the limited, albeit vital context of electoral processes in the last two decades.

Governance and Electoral Processes in India's North-East

The concept of governance though of recent origin encompasses much more than mere rule or administration - it represents a commitment to democratic institutions, processes and values in order to ensure economic, political and social security. It involves the civil society and the people as partners with the government working in collective interest. This paper attempts a look at the quality of governance in a `peripheral' region of India - the northeast - by seeking an objective understanding of how democracy and its institutions function in this region. The linkages between governance and the functioning of democracy are studied here in the limited, albeit vital context of electoral processes in the last two decades.

State, Identity Movements and Internal Displacement in the North-East

Assam has been a shared homeland of various religious, ethnic, linguistic and cultural groups. Ignoring this historical reality, the Indian state and some identity movements have been the major actors in the massive internal displacement of people in Assam. This article focuses on the problem of internal displacement resulting from conflict in Assam and the north-east.

Indo-Bangladesh Cross-Border Migration and Trade

Almost all of the outstanding issues between India and Bangladesh continue to be related to disputes along the common border. The article puts forth a few suggestions for successful negotiation of the immigration problem which is also linked to the larger issue of enhanced sub-regional communication and trade.

Ethnicity, Communalism and State-Barpeta Massacre

the Supreme Court of India, construing the Directive Principles of State Policy, has laid down that electricity constitutes a "material resource of the Indian people" which can override a private right to ownership of the means of generation and distribution and limit profits so enjoyed. And when such assets are acquired under the statutory provisions of the Electricity Acts of 1910 and 1948 this could be at book value not market value.

Tribal Question in Assam

Tribal Question in Assam Monirul Hussain The tribals of Assam, particularly of the Brahmaputra valley, have historically contributed towards the emergence and growth of the Asamiya nationality and its language, literature and composite culture. A large number of tribals have identified themselves fully with the Asamiyas and have even given up their mother-tongue/ dialect The tribals in no way pose a threat to the identity of the relatively advanced Asamiyas. In fact, if any group in Assam faces an identity crisis, it is the autochthon tribals.

Tribal Movement for Autonomous State in Assam

State in Assam Monirul Hussain The demand of the hill people of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar hill districts for an autonomous state in Assam is rooted in the long history of similar movements in the north-east which have led first to the separate state of Nagaland, then Mizoram and later the constitutional experiment with an autonomous tribal state which became Meghalaya. The demand for an autonomous tribal state has been revived as a result of, among other developments, the decline of the Congress, the erosion of Left forces and the success of the youth-dominated AGP in Assam.
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