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Security and Development in India's Northeast$
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Gurudas Das

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198079781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079781.001.0001

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Breaking the Conflict Trap in India’s Northeast

Breaking the Conflict Trap in India’s Northeast

(p.136) Chapter 5 Breaking the Conflict Trap in India’s Northeast
Security and Development in India's Northeast

Gurudas Das

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with policy measures needed for breaking the conflict trap in the NER. A four-fold measure has been suggested. First, promotion of economic development of the NER through cross-border development cooperation as the dynamics of national development framework has failed to address the issue, and breaking the physical isolation of the region by transforming itself from being landlocked to landlinked is only possible through cross-border cooperation. Second, improving the governance by way of adopting federal solution to separatist and secessionist demands and practising the politics of accommodation rather than politics of exclusion. Third, as the sphere of operation of the militant movements transcend the territorial boundary of the nation states; it is, thus, important to engage the neighbouring nations for preventing violence. Fourth, the nation states have to work together to redefine the concept of ‘right to self-determination’ to mean ‘right to self-governance’ rather than ‘right to political independence’.

Keywords:   governance, politics of accommodation, politics of exclusion, right to self-determination, peace traps, inclusive enough coalition, corruption, cross-border trade, connectivity, community-based organization

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