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This book maps the evolution of India's North-East into a constituent region of the republic and analyzes the perpetual crisis in the region since Independence. It highlights how linguistic and leadership issues have long been the seed of contention in the region and how factors like ethnicity, ideology, and religion further aggravate the conflicts. It also throws light on the major insurgencies, internal displacements, protest movements, and the regional drug and weapons trade in the region. Finally, it suggests a policy framework to combat the crises.

The book includes a large body of original data, documentation and field interviews with major players, as well as stakeholders. It is an important reference resource for students of politics and international relations, especially for those involved in studies of India's north-east or conflict studies. It is also a must-read for decision-makers and bureaucrats dealing with the North-East.

Land, Language and Leadership
Land, language and leadership

Before the British conquered the ‘North East’, the region was sparsely populated. So when the British started tea plantations and began to exploit Assam's oilfields, they felt a labour shortage—of toilers and white-collars alike. To overcome this, they started importing labourers from Bihar and Orissa, and ...

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