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Regional Variations in Multidimensional Poverty

Regional variations in multidimensional poverty and inequality are analysed for the two different administrative regions of Tripura—village committees under the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council and gram panchayats under the panchayati raj institutions—using a primary survey. Special emphasis is laid on the deprivations of households with regard to health, education, and the standard of living across these two administrative regions as well as the rural development blocks. The level of multidimensional poverty and incidence appears to be higher in village committees than gram panchayats even though the average deprivation among the poor is around 40% for both the areas with robust between-group inequality.

Foot Soldiers of the Zomia

Against State, Against History: Freedom, Resistance, and Statelessness in Upland Northeast India by Jangkhomang Guite, Oxford University Press, 2019; pp 364, ₹ 1,095 (hardcover).

Connectivity Issues in the North East

The North East has historically suffered from poor transport connectivity within and between the seven states as well as with the rest of India and neighbouring countries. This has not only impeded everyday life and livelihoods but also regional development and national security. As China builds...

Swidden Farming among the Yimchunger Nagas

The Politics of Swidden Farming: Environment and Development in Eastern India by Debojyoti Das, London and New York: Anthem Press, 2018; pp 272, £70 (Hardback).

Forest Rights in the North East

Most of the North East enjoys unbridled authority over forests unlike the rest of the country, free from state control under the debilitating impact of the colonial-era Indian Forest Act, 1927. Therefore, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 is perceived as irrelevant. But, the sweeping expansion of how “forest” is defined in law by the Supreme Court and its proposed incorporation into the Indian Forest Act threatens the customary forest rights of these peoples.

The Bru–Mizo Conflict in Mizoram

A response to the article “The Bru Conundrum in North East India” (EPW, 28 April 2018) by Roluahpuia presents the history of exclusion and oppression of the Brus in Mizoram, and suggests that they are the real victims in the state.

Where to be Left Is No Longer Dissidence

What does it mean to be left in Tripura today? In retrospect, the success of the left in Tripura depended on the recognition of the contrarian geographical impulses of ethno-nationalism. It is argued that efforts by the left to eradicate these geographies of ethno-nationalism not only implied an abandonment of this mode of dissidence, but also that these efforts ensnared the left into gratuitous, quiet militarisation of the state underthe garb of peace and development.

Debating Statehood

Debating Statehood Durable Disorder: Understanding the Politics of North-East India by Sanjib Baruah; OUP, New Delhi, 2005; PRADIP PHANJOUBAM This recent book by Sanjib Baruah is a departure from available literature on the problems of India

Calcutta Diary

If the law pinches, just abolish the law. Indian politicians are about to do just that. Legislation is on the anvil to abolish the nasty provision requiring that those wanting to get elected to the Rajya Sabha from a particular state must be 'ordinarily resident' in that state. Once that happens, the states doing poorly would continue to fall behind, no 'pork barrels' to help them out; the members they would elect to the Rajya Sabha would belong to the species of carpet-baggers, without any sense of loyalty to the electing states, and no prick of conscience to bother them either.

Protective Discrimination and Crisis of Citizenship in North-East India

North-east India is a region where the politics of protective discrimination for scheduled tribes today raises some of the most difficult issues of justice, fairness and costs on system legitimacy. The time may have come to consider ways of breaking away from the ethnic discourse of the existing protective discrimination regime that, in effect, involves the state forever categorising groups of people in ethnic terms and making descendants of immigrants into perpetual outsiders.

Gulliver's Troubles: State and Militants in North-East India

To deal with the troubled north-east region, India has a counterinsurgency strategy, an economic development strategy and even a vacuous nation-building strategy. What it sorely lacks is a thoughtful state-building strategy - one that could link state and society in a way that harmonises the interests, cultural values and aspirations of the peoples of the region with the agendas of the national state.
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