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Human Rights and Insurgency: The North-East India

Sukalpa Bhattacharjee (Author) Ranju R. Dhamala (Author)
Synopsis The book makes a critical intervention in contemporary discourses on Human Rights and examines them in the context of insurgency, particularly in North-East India. The institutionalization of human rights has made the modern nation-states and international bodies like the United Nations, the custodian of individual and collective rights. The violation of human rights takes place when such bodies and the state assume the role of "hegemonic actor in the public realm’. Insurgency, as a counter hegemonic discourse appropriates the various agencies of statist domination, posing a threat to the legitimacy of the state. However, the primary concern here is to locate the subject of the drama of hegemonic and counter-hegemonic violence-women, children and innocent masses who suffer the worst casualty on this tension. Such a politics of tension can be resolved to a great extent by creating a space for dialogue among activists, academics, bureaucrats, philosophers and feminists, who occupy different positions centering round the conflict. An attempt has been made here to bring together a host of critical views from these various perspectives. This book would be immensely useful to scholars and social activists who are looking for a starting point for a dialogic encounter in a climate of confusion and unrest in NE India.
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About the authors

Sukalpa Bhattacharjee

Sukalpa Bhattacharjee is lecturer in the Department of English at G.C. College, Silchar and Teacher Associated Fellow at the Inter University Center for Humanities, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (2000-2003). Her doctoral work is on Fourth World Literature from North-Eastern Hill University. Her publications are in the areas of Multi-ethnic Literatures of United States, Postcolonial Literatures, Ethnic Studies and Human Rights.

Ranju R. Dhamala

Ranju R. Dhamala is a professor of Political Science in Assam Univeristy, Silchar. Dr. Dhamala was a Reader in Political Science at the Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal. She had been the Director of the same Centre for three years. Besides many research papers to her credit, she has also edited Problems and Strategies of Development in NE India and co-edited People of India (Sikkim). She has completed a number of projects on local self-government, monasteries of Sikkim, political leadership and tribal development. Her areas of interest are Govt. and Politics of Sikkim, Public Administration, Comparative Politics and Human Rights.

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Title Human Rights and Insurgency: The North-East India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8175410914
length 196p., Notes & References; 23cm.
Subjects History