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Durable Disorder: Understanding the Politics of Northeast India

Sanjib Baruah


This book offers fresh insights into ethnic conflict and democracy with reference to Northeast India, where insurgency and counter-insurgency operations have caused human and material losses, eroded the region’s democratic fabric, and institutionalised authoritarianism. The result is a growing dissonance between the concept of ethnic homelands and the political economy that actually exists in the region. The book also traces the origins of the Naga insurgency—Northeast India’s oldest armed conflict—and looks at the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) during different phases of its power an ... More

Keywords: Northeast India, ethnic conflict, democracy, insurgency, political economy, United Liberation Front of Assam, economic integration, Southeast Asia, authoritarianism, counter-insurgency, insider/outsider, the politics of location

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195690828
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690828.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanjib Baruah, author
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

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Section I Introduction

Section II Governance Structure: Formal and Informal

Section III Past and Present

Section IV The Life and Times of the United Liberation Front of Assam

Section V Policy as an Invitation to Violence

Section VI Epilogue

End Matter