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Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond contends that borders are, by definition, lines of inclusion and exclusion established by the state. It analyses how states construct borders and try to make them static and rigid and how bordered existences, such as women, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking, destabilise the rigid constructs. It explores the political conditions that have made borders problematic in post-colonial South Asia and how these borders have become regions of extreme control or violence.

Border Laws and Conflicts in North-East India
Border laws and conflicts in North-East India

In the early hours of 11 July 2004, a young woman named Thangjam Manorama was allegedly raped, tortured and murdered by members of the Assam Rifles, who had arrested her a few hours back. Protest against this heinous act took the character of a mass uprising. The Meira Peibies (women torchbearers) were in the forefront of this protest. In an effort to justify their act the Assam Rifles called Manorama an activist of the banned People's Liberation Army and said that she was killed when she was trying to flee from custody. The Meira Peibies and other civil liberties organisations remained undeterred. They claimed it to be merely the most recent state ...

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