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Contesting Marginality: Ethnicity, Insurgency and Subnationalism in North-East India

Sajal Nag (Author)
Synopsis Over the years, north-east India has become synonymous with secessionism, insurgency, violence and turbulence. Gateway for the migratory waves from South-East and East Asia, the region is inhabited by a number of tribal communities—some relatively advanced while others proto-historic. The years under the British caused upheaval in their socio-cultural life. They experienced momentous changes in every aspect of their life from food to faith, dress to discourses. But the ‘abrupt’ withdrawal of the British compelled these ‘apolitical’ people to be drawn into bourgeois political system. Neither sure of their true identity, nor the nation state they would like to belong to; confused by the prevalent nationalist discourses and frightened by the prospect of being submerged by a numerical majority, they faced a massive existential crisis. The present study is about this crisis and how such a crisis led these communities to organize and equip themselves, debate and decide their future course of action and confront the colonial and post-colonial Indian States and the process through which this confrontation led to the growth of secessionism and insurgency. This book details the entire process from the pre-British period to date during which the movement itself under went several crises and metamorphoses and as a result some struggles crumbled while others still carry on the revolt. Although a number of bestsellers are available on the subject, this is the first serious academic work written by a professional historian.
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About the author

Sajal Nag

Sajal Nag teaches Modern History at Assam Central University. Earlier he was associated with the North-Eastern Hill University and the Centre for Social Studies, Surat. His publications include Roots of Ethnic Conflict: Nationality Question in North-East India (Delhi, 1990); India and North-East India: Mind, Politics and the Process of Integration 1946-50 (Delhi, 1998); Nationalism, Separatism and Secessionism (Jaipur and Delhi, 1999).

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Title Contesting Marginality: Ethnicity, Insurgency and Subnationalism in North-East India
Author Sajal Nag
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173044279
length 382p., 23cm.
Subjects History