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Northeast India

How Nagas Perceive the Creation of Seven Additional Districts in Manipur

March 15, 2017

Naga leaders have alleged that Naga villages have been merged with non-Naga areas to form the new districts and that the Manipur Government did not consult all stake holders including the Hill Area Committees before taking the decision.

Is a Border Fence an Absolute Essential along the India-Myanmar Border?

February 06, 2017

Regulated borders with greater emphasis on developing people-to-people contact and cross-border trade initiatives are likely to yield greater security benefits as against a closed border.

The Creation of New Districts in Manipur: Administrative Necessity versus Naga Territorial Aspirations

December 23, 2016

While the Manipur government’s decision to create seven new districts has come in the wake of popular demands for improved administrative efficiency, there has been fierce opposition from Naga bodies which view it as an attempt to divide the Naga people

Unheeded hinterland: identity and sovereignty in northeast India, by Dillip Gogoi

January 2017

Partly the result of a political and physical isolation compounded by decades of conflict in the region, Northeast India is often viewed through the prism of security studies, institutional performance or developmental governance. While important contributions in themselves, a state-centric focus often overlooks the complexity of the causes and dynamics. It ignores the consequences of regional societal forces’ articulation of identity, nationalism, separatism and sovereignty that can shape political boundaries in the region, thus overlooking the salience of subaltern narratives.

Naga ‘Framework Agreement’ and Its Aftermath

September 01, 2016
Naga ‘Framework Agreement’ and Its Aftermath

Differing perceptions among the various stakeholders has emerged because the contents of the framework agreement are not in the public domain.

Identity, contestation and development in Northeast India by Komol Singha and M. Amarjeet Singh

September 2016

Inhabited by numerous tribes and sub-tribes with fierce clan loyalties, the north-east of India has been plagued by identity-inspired insurgencies since independence. The first of these insurgencies was that of the Naga National Council (NNC) in the mid-1950s. Subsequent decades saw the outbreak of other, similar, insurgencies among the Meiteis, Mizos, Assamese and Boroks.

Karbi Insurgency in Assam: The Way Forward

June 20, 2016
Karbi Insurgency in Assam: The Way Forward

Over the years, endless corruption, mismanagement of funds, and failure to devolve power to the people has completely jeopardised the unique Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), leading to the rise of Karbi insurgency.

Act East Policy and the CLMV Countries

March 29, 2016
India's Act East Policy and CLMV countries

While the economic-cum-strategic thrust towards CLMV countries has to be invigorated, a re-look at the Act East Policy is warranted to give it a more north-east development oriented under-pinning.

Garo National Liberation Army: An Emerging Threat in Meghalaya

March 18, 2016
Garo National Liberation Army: An Emerging Threat in Meghalaya

For a state long thought to be a role model to other North-eastern states, Meghalaya has seen a steady rise in insurgency in the last few years. The Garo National Liberation Army has clearly emerged as a potent threat to security in Meghalaya and parts of Assam.

Meghalaya High Court Calls for Invoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Garo Hills

November 17, 2015
Meghalaya High Court Calls for Invoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Garo Hills

The Meghalaya High Court’s order directing the central government to consider invoking AFSPA in the Garo Hills is more like an advisory premised on a number of High Court and Supreme Court judgments.