Resurgence of Community in the Midst of Despair: Development’s Changing Course in Northeast India
The process of development in Northeast India has been a contested terrain. While on the one hand, development has been an intrinsic aspects of state-making project of Indian state with strong emphasis on establishing the authority of the state, it is presented as an economic solution to the political problems. However, the contention over development is also marked by disjuncture between what the people expects from it, how the state projects it, and actually implements it. Turning the tide on the processes of development, the role of the state, the despair over developmental process in the region has taken many forms. This study attempts to take into account the varied forms of responses from community in Northeast India to the failure of developmental processes in the region, which is marked by ‘anti-developmental stand,’ becoming co-partners of development, and taking up developmental works on their own.
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