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Durable DisorderUnderstanding the Politics of Northeast India$
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Sanjib Baruah

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195690828

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690828.001.0001

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Towards a Political Sociology of Durable Disorder 1

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(p.3) 1 Towards a Political Sociology of Durable Disorder1
Durable Disorder

Sanjib Baruah

Oxford University Press

This book explores the causes as well as the meaning and significance of political violence in Northeast India, focusing on the formal and informal structures of governance and the democracy deficit in the region. It looks at the life and times of the United Liberation Front of Assam(ULFA), the conflict between the Indian government and the Nagas, as well as the cultural politics that animate the militias of the region, and their relationship to their constituencies and to ‘mainstream’ social and political forces. In addressing the politics of militancy in Northeast India, the book focuses on areas both inside and outside the borders of what is called Assam today. Instead of reinforcing a false separation between ‘insurgency’ and the ‘mainstream’ of social and political life, the book argues that ethnic militias, counter-insurgency operations, state-backed militias, developmentalist practices, and the deformed institutions of democratic governance constitute a coherent whole, known as durable disorder.

Keywords:   Northeast India, durable disorder, Indian democracy, Insurgency in Northeast India, politics of militancy, ethnic militias, political violence, Assam, Nagas

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