Social Dynamics in Contemporary North East India: A Study of Regional Exclusion, Self-Determination Movements and Ethnic Violence

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  • Author :Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam, J.J. Roy Burman
  • Year of Publication :2013
  • ISBN: :9788180699399
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 180
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Economics, North East Indian Studies, Political Science, Sociology

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About the Book :

Northeast is one such region in India which feels and is excluded from rest of the country. It is not just a matter of feeling but almost all development indicators point towards a position of utter backwardness. Apart from these, a major factor of discrimination of northeast lies in the Parliamentary form of democracy in which the population logic of constituency formation has directly marginalised the people of the region. But apart from being neglected, there are many other factors which have been given birth to self-determination movements in the region. Historical reasons are very important and also the process of state formation itself is at the roots of political disturbance of Manipur and Northeast India. The violence perpetuated in Northeast India is not 'violence perse' but is a reaction to the state intrusion and violence entertained by it. The three chapters in the volume are largely centering on these perspectives: Regional Exclusion; Self-Determination Movements and Ethnic Violence. The book will be helpful to policy-maker, developmental planner, Area studies, Conflict and Human Rights Studies, and North East Studies.

About Author :

Shukhdeba Sharma Hanjabam (MSW, PhD) is Head, Department of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur, Makhan Kangpokpi District, Manipur. He completed his PhD from School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and post doctoral from University of Florida, Florida, USA (2014-2015) as Fogarty International Center Fellow. He is also the life member of North East India History Association; Manipur Historical Society; and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi. He also had successfully completed research projects under the sponsorship from ICSSR, New Delhi and Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Manipur. He can be reached at <>

J.J. Roy Burman graduate in Anthropology from Calcutta University and did his Masters in Sociology and Social Anthropology from North Bengal University, Darjeeling, and Ph.D. at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. As a Research Fellow of the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh, he did a study on Counter-insurgency problems in Mizoram in 1981. Subsequently, he served with Help Age India as a Project Adviser being in-charge of East and North-East India. Since July 1988, he is working with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His work entails teaching and doing research besides guiding a number of Masters, M. Phil. and Ph.D. Scholars. Presently, he is at the School of Social Sciences. He has published around 60 papers and four books. He can be contacted at,