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Interrogating Development: State, Displacement and Popular Resistance in North East

Monirul Hussain (Author)
Synopsis This book, the first in a series on the North East, focuses on development-induced displacement of population in the region during the post-colonial period.  Despite state-sponsored development initiatives, the North East still remains highly underdeveloped and politically disturbed.  Various development projects initiated by the state led to massive displacement of population within the region, which has virtually gone unnoticed.  The author has made use of extensive empirical data to document this massive displacement.  The Government of India had recently decided to construct 145 mega dams to tap the hydroelectric potential of the region in order to convert the North East into India’s  power-house.  Fearing negative effects like massive displacement of population, environmental degradation and the erosion of the rich biodiversity of the region, people at the grassroots level have built up resistance movements against such mega projects.  This marks a significant transition from the politics of ethnicity to the politics of development in the region.  Emergence of popular resistance outside the conventional party system based on new political cleavages, is strengthening the democratic consciousness of the people living in these areas, which marks a significant shift in the politics of the region.  This series will prove invaluable for development experts, sociologists, anthropologists, environmentalists, political scientists, policy makers, NGOs and global humanitarian communities.
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About the author

Monirul Hussain

Monirul Hussain an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is a Professor of Political Science at Guahati University. Several of his papers have been published in reputed national and international academic journals. His book, The Assam Movement: Class, Ideology and Identity received wide appreciation. He co-edicted two volumes on Religious Minorities in South Asia: Selected Essays on Postcolonial Situation. He was Visiting Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth Huose, University of Oxford for a year. Currenlty he is a Professor at the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. Besides teaching and guiding doctoral research, he is now engaged in two kanor international research projects on Human Security in South Asia and Displacement of Population in North East-India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Interrogating Development: State, Displacement and Popular Resistance in North East
Format Softcover
Date published: 14.07.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788178297361
length 174p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.