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State, Violence, and Legitimacy in India

Santana Khanikar


How do people respond to a state that is violent towards its own citizens? In State, Violence, and Legitimacy in India, this question is addressed through insights offered by ethnographic explorations of everyday policing in Delhi and the anti-insurgency measures of the Indian army in Lakhipathar village in Assam. Battling the dominant understanding of the inverse connect between state legitimacy and use of violence, Santana Khanikar argues that use of violence does not necessarily detract from the legitimacy of the modern territorial nation-state. Based on extensive research of two sites, the ... More

Keywords: Assam, Delhi Police, Lakhipathar, legitiamacy, margins, nation-state, policing, state violence, territoriality, ULFA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199485550
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199485550.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Santana Khanikar, author
Assistant Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi