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Developmentalism as Strategy
Interrogating Post-colonial Narratives on India’s North East

Edited by:
  • Rakhee Bhattacharya - Associate Professor, Special Centre for the Study of North East India, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


356 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Developmentalism as Strategy: Interrogating Post-colonial Narratives on India’s North East critically examines the post-colonial developmental trajectory of the Indian State at its northeastern periphery. Due to its unique historical geography, India’s North East has been systematically marginalized and was imagined as ‘underdeveloped’. The dominant narrative of India’s economic nationalism has largely acted as a strategy within the North East in the context of resource appropriation and national security, and producing new arrangements of knowledge, power and practices. Adopting a methodological approach of interdisciplinarity, this book attempts to understand the exceptions to India’s dominant development policy as applied in the North East. In the changing dynamics of political economy of development in the region, the book further examines the subsequent transformation of the narrative of the North East from a ‘geographic marginality’ to a ‘natural gateway’, and explores the alternative to such mainstream development approach by raising debates in India’s North East.


C P Chandrasekhar
Foreword by
 
Prologue
 
Introduction
 
PART I: BETWEEN SUBSISTENCE AND SURPLUS
Tiplut Nongbri
Traditional Economy, Sustainability and Subsistence: Understanding India’s North East
Samir Kumar Das
The Post-colonial Market: India’s North East
 
PART II: DEVELOPMENTAL IMPACTS ON PEOPLE
Walter Fernandes
Developmentalism and Consequences: Displacement and Marginalization in India’s North East
Deepak K Mishra
India’s Developmentalism in Northeast Region and Its Consequences: Identity, Uncertainty and Migration
Archana Sharma
Development and Women Labour Market in India’s North East: An Empirical Understanding
 
PART III: NEW DEVELOPMENT AT THE PERIPHERY
Rakhee Bhattacharya
Neoliberal Developmentalism: State Strategy in India’s North East
Anita Sengupta
The Politics of Corridors: ‘Seamless Connectivity’, Trans-regional Engagements and Narratives of Development
Gurudas Das
Development of India’s North East: Cross-border Market, Trade and Sub-regional Cooperation
Thongkholal Haokip
Development through Trade: Re-examining India’s Act East Policy and the Northeastern Region
 
PART IV: ALTERNATIVE FROM BELOW
 
Environmental Security and Human Rights: Foundations for Real Development? Felix Padel
Akhil Ranjan Dutta
Conservations versus Peoples’ Entitlements: Contestations in Kaziranga National Park
 
International Financial Institutions in India’s North East: Pattern and Impact on People and Environment Jiten Yumnam
 
Index
Key features
• It has uniquely marked a distinction to understand India’s development policy exception to its North East within a power/knowledge regime.

• It focuses on understanding the changing State narratives of North East from ‘isolation’ to ‘gateway’ for the entire post-colonial period.

• Goes beyond the existing stereotypical narratives and looks for an alternative by means of rationality and objective knowledge.

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ISBN: 9789353283186
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