Gorkhaland Movement: Ethnic Conflict and State Response

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  • Author :Swatahsiddha Sarkar
  • Year of Publication :2013
  • ISBN: :9789351250074
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 240
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: History, North East Indian Studies, Political Science, Sociology

About the Book :

The book deals with the Gorkhaland movement, an ethnic movement that has endured for more than a century, in the district of Darjeeling, West Bengal. It addresses the micro details of those processes and strategies through which the state has responded to the Gorkha Movement. The strength of the book, if any, lies in its attempts to problematise the issue of state-ethnicity relationship keeping in view the ongoing research activities taken place in the field of conflict resolution and peace studies. Covering the most recent developments (till August 2012) the book furnishes a critical analysis of the State led negotiation process towards the containment of the Gorkha Ethnic Conflict. On the whole, the book seeks to offer a sociological perspective of conflict resolution with the help of Gorkhaland Movement as a case study.

About Author :

Swatahsiddha Sarkar (b. 1975) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of North Bengal (Darjeeling, India). Besides having a handful of published research articles in academic journals and edited volumes, he keeps up keen interest in the field of Identity Politics and Ethnicity. He has been associated with Gorkha Ethnicity and Politics for more than a decade. The author is an M.Phil. in Himalayan Studies and recently awarded the Ph.D. Degree (Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University) for his Doctoral Thesis on Gorkha Ethnicity and Movement in the Darjeeling Hills. He has co-edited a volume on Ethnicity in India (Levant, 2013).