Northeast India, once perceived as a 'paradise', has now become a 'problem' in perpetuity due to its badly managed economy and an absolute lack of political vision. Side by side, words like 'alienation', 'exploitation' and 'insecurity' are being 'used' across the region to instigate the dangerous problem of insurgency. This has kept the region continuously in a state of flux devoid of political or economic stability so crucial for any meaningful development, negating the effects of whatever little economic development has taken place in the region. Centre's continuous development initiatives under the Special Category Status releases huge amount of development funds without creating necessary credit absorption capacity in the economy and consequently has remained unsuccessful in delivering the results woefully dismal have been the half hearted attempts made by the different State Governments in the region from time to time in the name of development. Most of these efforts were directed only towards extracting more assistance and more grants from the Centre. The book revisits these failed initiatives and re-examine the crucial areas while searching for an alternative.
The volume focuses on an integrated approach towards inter-related issues in the entire region with 'development' as the pivotal and overarching factor. The collection of seventeen articles are, categorized into five broad sub-sections, extending from political dynamism to economic intricacies, social conflicts and the role of institutions which gives us an opportunity to come across the thoughts of scholars to trace the roots of and connections between, the problems that plague this region and eventually to forge a common strategy to address the issue of backwardness of this region.
Prof. Jayanta Kumar Ray, a founder member of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian studies, is the Chairman of its Executive Council. Some of his previous assignments were: Centenary Professor of International Relations and Director of Centre for South and South-East Asian Studies, University of Calcutta; Professor of Behavioural Sciences, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi; Senior Research Associate, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He has to his credit a number of important publications in the field of public and international affairs.
Dr. Rakhee Bhattacharya, an economist by profession, is a Fellow with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. Her teaching affiliation was with Shillong College, Shillong. She worked earlier with the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, Asian Development Research Institute in Patna, and Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi, and published several research articles in the areas of development, disparity, poverty, regional economies and economy of insurgency.
List of Table
SECTION I: POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF NORTH EAST INDIA
1. Looking at Contemporary Governance in North East India * Abhijit Choudhury
2. Pangs of Proximity: India's North East and Her Eastern Neighbours * Ishani Naskar
3. North East India Planning in the Winds of Change * Toki Blah
SECTION II: NORTH EAST INDIA'S ECONOMY: DEVELOPMENT BOTTLENECKS
4. Challenges of Natural Disasters * Shyamananda Bhattacharjee
5. Development of Infrastructure in Mizoram: Problems and Prospects * James L.T. Thanga
6. The Dynamics of Economic Change and Good Governance: Issues of Development * T.C. Nunga
7. Regional Structure: Income and Growth in India's North East * Rakhee Bhattacharya
SECTION III: NORTH EAST INDIA'S ECONOMY: REVIVAL STRATEGY
8. Rethinking Development Paradigms: Issues and Perspectives * Vanlalchhawna
9. Towards a Professional Identity: Soccer as a Career Option in Contemporary Manipur * Kausik Bandyapadhaya
10. An Exploration into the Possibility of Economic Development through India's Look East Policy: A Mizo Perspective * L.H. Rawsea
SECTION IV: CONFLICTS IN NORTH EAST INDIA: HINDERING DEVELOPMENT
11. Conflict and Insurgency: Historical Perspective; Threat to Security and Development * Lt. Gen. J.R. Mukherjee
12. Challenging the Nation-State: Secessionism and Insurgency * Sajal Nag
SECTION V: ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS AND MEDIA IN NORTH EAST INDIA'S DEVELOPMENT
13. Religion and Colonial Politics: Assam Myanmar and Buddhism * Swapna Bhattacharya (Chakarborti)
14. Mizoram and the Role of the Presbyterian Denomination * Margaret L. Pachuau
15. Challenges before the Media * Subir Bhaumik
16. Educational Indicators of Human Development: An Analysis * Lalhmasai Chuaungo
17. Female Work Participation Rate in Mizoram: An Analysis from Development Perspectives * Lalhriatpuii