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Development Dynamics in North East India

Jayanta Kumar Ray (Editor) Rakhee Bhattacharya (Editor)

North East India, once perceived as a 'paradise', has now become a 'problem' in perpetuity due to its badly managed economy and an absolute lack of political vision. Side by side, words like 'alienation', 'exploitation' and 'insecurity' are being 'used' across the region to instigate the dangerous problem of insurgency. This has kept the region continuously in a state of flux devoid of political or economic stability so crucial for any meaningful development, negating the effects of whatever little economic development has taken place in the region. Centre's continuous development initiatives under the Special Category Status releases huge amount of development funds without creating necessary credit absorption capacity in the economy and consequently has remained unsuccessful in delivering the results woefully dismal have been the half hearted attempts made by the different State Governments in the region from time to time in the name of development. Most of these efforts were directed only towards extracting more assistance and more grants from the Centre. The book revisits these failed initiatives and re-examine the crucial areas while searching for an alternative. The volume focuses on an integrated approach towards inter-related issues in the entire region with 'development' as the pivotal and overarching factor. The collection of seventeen articles are categorized into five broad sub-sections, extending from political dynamism to economic intricacies, social conflicts and the role of institutions which give us an opportunity to come across the thoughts of scholars to trace the roots of and connections between, the problems that plague this region and eventually to forge a common strategy to address the issue of backwardness of this region.

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About the authors

Jayanta Kumar Ray

Dr. Jayanta Kumar Ray is the Founder President of South Asia Research Society, a non-profit non-government organization, which conducts projects ranging from rural poverty alleviation to law enforcement reform. Some of his previous assignments were: Centenary Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta; professor of Behavioural Sciences, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is currently a Member, Peace Studies Group, Calcutta University, and an Editorial Fellow at the Centre for Studies in civilizations, New Delhi. He is the author of a number of important publications on a variety of themes, e.g. national security, public bureaucracy, foreign policy, internal colonialism, and civil-military relations in post-colonial societies.

Rakhee Bhattacharya

Rakhee Bhattacharya, an economist by profession, is currently a Fellow with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. She is also an Endeavour Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies in the University of South Australia. She is the co-editor of Northeast India: Administrative Reforms and Economics development. Her publications encompass the areas of development, disparity, poverty, regional economies and economy of insurgency.

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Bibliographic information

Title Development Dynamics in North East India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.12.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183640466
length xvi+376p.