[Assam] Book by Sanjib Baruah / Postfrontier Blues: Toward a New Policy Framework for Northeast India
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Fri Jul 6 15:07:44 CDT 2007
The following is a must read for all who are interested in Assam.
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But the .pdf version is free.
>PS 33 Postfrontier Blues: Toward a New Policy Framework for Northeast India
> by Sanjib Baruah
> Purchase from Amazon
>A number of armed conflicts smolder in Indias
>Northeastern border region. For instance, the
>Naga rebellion, which began in the 1950s, is one
>of the worlds oldest unresolved armed
>conflicts. With its controversial human rights
>record and sluggish economic growth, Northeast
>India is a counterpoint to Indias new image as
>a mature democracy, dynamic economy, and
>emerging major power. This study proposes a
>democratic institution-building agenda that is
>sensitive to the particular dynamics of change
>in this postfrontier. In a historically
>sparsely populated region with long-term trends
>of demographic transformation, managing
>indigenous-settler tensions must be a priority.
>This and other challenges cannot be addressed
>through domestic policy alone. An effective
>alternative policy must have a transnational
>dimension; to turn the regions extensive
>international borders with Chinas Tibet
>region, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Burma from
>militarized zones of mistrust and confrontation
>to spaces of cooperation.
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