Shifting Strategies of Peace

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL, volume 13)


This chapter makes a distinction between peace being achieved through defeating an adversary and therefore being threatened constantly by the spectre of conflict and war, and peace based on the triadic foundations of rights, justice and democracy. The first kind of peace serves only as a deterrent to the achievement of the second kind of democratic peace. The chapter makes a detailed case study of the history of peace talks with one of the major insurgent groups particularly since the early 1990s, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), and argues that peacemaking in Assam may have led to peace of the first kind—but not enhancement of rights, justice and democracy. The study shows how peace becomes an object of governance. While the new citizen too is sought to be governed and brought under the ambit of governance, peace constituency in the Northeast faces the threat of becoming a part of governmentality. The quality of peace is likely to depend on the outcome of the tussle between the forces of governance and new citizenry.


Anti-foreigners’ movement in Assam Homeland bind Peace mode Developmentalism Democratic peace Shared sovereignty Autonomy Pacification Peace impasse Governed peace Democracy Peace constituency 


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  1. 1.University of North BengalDarjeelingIndia

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