ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Exclusive Commons

Reflecting on the restriction of women’s agency to exclusive platforms in rural North East India, this article locates women’s agency in common resources, which define their sociocultural identities. The exclusivity of common knowledge, skills, practices, resources, and social security has restricted women farmers from accessing equitable power and decision-making. Women’s agency in common institutions is marginalised where patriarchal practices dominate. Exclusivity cannot replace empowerment outside common village-level institutions. The emergence of an exclusive strategy to marginalise women’s perspectives within the larger context of sustainability, policy formulation, political assertion, and ecological regeneration is examined.

Patterns of Ethnic Conflict in the North-East

Manipur in India's north-east has long been riven by conflicts among ethnic groups on issues of exclusivity, dominance and integration. Identities that shape conflict are not necessarily primordial but are a creation of political necessity and administrative convenience. In recent decades, as the Naga-Kuki conflicts and later between the Kukis and Paites demonstrate identity conflicts have been waged not merely on questions of land, immigration and settlement but also on the overweening fear of loss of identity itself.

Small Arms Proliferation in India's North-East

Insurgency in the north-east has been fuelled by the increasing proliferation of small arms in the region, and the support received from external militant outfits. Military operations will do little to curb the increased resentment in these regions; rather a willingness and desire by the centre to recognise regional and ethnic aspiration will lead to a process of reconciliation in the troubled north-east.
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