Debating Northeast India: Mapping Ethnic Identity Formation

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R. K. Bijeta And Vulli Dhanaraju

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Of late, ethnic Identity has become debatable issue in the academic discourse of Northeast India. The issue of ethnic identity is a very complex process in this region. That means the sharing of a common culture on the one hand, and harping on separateness on the other. It is argued that there are conflicting situations in the northeast because these ethnic groups are trying to explore and construct their own history, culture, politics and identity from their own perspective. In this context the main focus of this book is to represent the plural voices of the ethnic groups while negating with the existing dominant discourses in the present academic epistemology. These discourses neglected the ideological and mass political character of the ethnic groups who are constructing their identity and history through politics of difference, politics of recognition and experience of marginalization. These three political ideas could be considered as their political ideology that always sustained for mapping identity formation among the ethnic groups of Northeast India. This book is divided into five thematic sections covering 20 chapters by scholars and researchers and other experts from northeast region. In each section, four papers are included, each touching upon the main theme of the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

R.K. Bijeta is an Institutional Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Guwahati, Assam. She obtained her M.A, M.Phil and PhD degrees from the Department of History, Assam University, Silchar, Assam. She has authored, Raid and Resistance: The Politics of the Nagas in Colonial Assam (2016). She has also contributed number of articles/research papers in various journals and edited books and presented papers in various seminars and conferences. Her area of research includes Oral History, Ethnic Politics and Tribal History.

Vulli Dhanaraju is currently teaching History at the Assam University (Central University) Diphu Campus, Assam. He obtained his M.A, M.Phil and PhD degrees from the Department of History from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. He was a Teen Murti Fellow during 2008-2010 at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. His area of research and specializations includes Oral History, Subaltern History and Environmental History. He has authored and edited six books; Debating Tribal Identity: Past and Present; A Textbook of Environmental History of India; The Idea of Caste; Voice of the Other: Understanding Marginal identities; Regional Environmental History: Issues and Concepts in the Indian Subcontinent; Caste, Tribe and Gender: The Politics of Self and the Other. He has also contributed number of articles/research papers in UGC recognized journals and various conferences.

CONTENTS

Contents              
Foreword by B.C. Dash 7                
Preface 11            
Acknowledgments 13      
List of Contributors 15     
Introduction: R.K. Bijeta and Vulli Dhanaraju 17                 

I. History                              
1. Discourse of the Naga Raids and Resistance in Northeast India: Study from Historical Perspective 55     
R.K Bijeta                             

2. Fostering Ethnicity: The Congress Rule in Assam (1980 -1990) 71            
Namita Devi                       

3. Gaidinliu Movement, Sangh Parivar and the Nagas: A Quest for Identity and Survival-87             
Nakaulang Nriame                          

4. The Question of Identity: Nature of the Autonomy Movement among the Mising Tribe of Assam-99  
Rahul Pegu                          

II. Culture                             

5. Tracing the Rabhas of Goalpara through the Perspectives of Customs and Rituals-117                  
Himasnata Dutta Sarkar                               

6. Culture and Identity: A Study of the Ritual Practices among the Karbis-131        
Junmoni Hansepi and Vulli Dhanaraju                   

7. Divination through Chicken-Liver among the Galo Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh-143         
Kiryi Potom                         

8. The Politic of Identity and Culture: Tracing the Origin and Growth of Karbi Youth Festival 151    
Bandita Teronpi              

III. Literature                      

9. Medieval Assam: A Re-interpretation of European Travel Writing 169  
Monalisha Khakhlari                      

10. Off the Beaten Path: Critical Ethnography of Selected Narratives on Northeast India                 183          
Bhaskar Jyoti Gogoi and Narayan Ch. Gahatraj

 11. Identity Crisis as Reflected in the Novels of Siddhartha Deb 203          
Tanushree Kulshreshtha                               

12. Linguistic Bases of Identity Politics: With Special Reference to Ethnic Assertions in Assam 211                
Biplob Gogoi                      

IV. Politics                           

13. Challenges and Identity Crisis of Indigenous Bodo Community in Non BTAD Area 221
 Hasib Md Iqbal and Diganta Biswas

14. Ethnic Boundary-Making: Towards a Comparative Analytic Understanding 235
Sumit Kr. Sarma                                

15. Ethnic Movements of Mising Tribe of Assam: An Analysis 257
Thagendra Chutia and Anup Deka

16. Negotiating Source of Power and Identity among the Konyak Angs of Nagaland 267  
Jagritee Ghosh  

V. Economy

17.Underdevelopment and Ethnic Identity Crisis: A Linkage Analysis with Special Reference to Assam 283
 Tarun Gogai

18. Economic Stabilisation of Women: A Case Study with Riverine Population of Five Mouzas-along the Dhansiri (South) River, Assam 305
Shashwati Nath                                

19. Ethnicity and Identity: A Post Modernist Challenge from the Media and the Market 323          
Garima Kalita                    

20. Witch Hunting and the Bodos in Kokrajhar District of Assam 335          
Tamsin Aftab                     

Index     357                        

 

 

 


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