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Elderly Living Arrangements

The pattern of living arrangements of older adults in North East India is explored. The study is conducted on the basis of the 60th round (2004–05) of the National Sample Survey Office. We observe extreme dissimilarity in the pattern of the elderly living arrangements for the north-eastern states. The demographic variables like age, sex, marital status and number of surviving children become important determinants of the elderly living arrangements.


National Register of Citizens

Fault lines of the dispute over National Register of Citizens can be traced back to the continuing politics of demography in the history of Assam. Anti-immigrant agitations and violence has been its recurrent feature. The persistent sense of fear of being taken over by immigrants is used to achieve communal polarisation.

Aborigines in Canada and India

Indigenous Peoples in Liberal Democratic States: A Comparative Study of Conflict and Accommodation in Canada and India by H Srikanth (Colorado: Bauu Press), 2010; pp xii + 244, price not indicated.

Nehru and the Nagas: Minority Nationalism and the Post-Colonial State

The Naga problem presented the first major crisis of understanding and the understanding of crisis that confronted the post-colonial Indian state. Nehru believed that maximum autonomy could neutralise sovereignty aspirations but the Naga insistence on independence combined with armed opposition to the Indian state compelled him to send the army and hardened his stance. The non-resolution of the Naga issue made him introspect as to why he was unable to "win them over" and he admitted that he may have erred in his approach. Yet, despite his failure, Nehru's model of dealing with the Nagas has become the standard mode for dealing with minority nationalisms in south Asia.

Story of a Rebel Poet

greatly after the second world war, only to see them cock a snook when they returned to prosperity. Or again Israel, to help which

Modernity and Its Adversaries

In his life, the 19th century poet and litterateur, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, embodied many of the contradictions that are characteristic of a society in transition. In the mid-19th century, many politically conscious Bengalis were aware of the demands made on them and their "moribund" culture by colonialism. Rejuvenating the Bengali culture and language from within or its radical overhaul, as Dutt advocated, was an issue that exercised many.

Two Nations and a Dead Body

The discourse on nationalism has rarely examined the nation-making processes in post-colonial, post-nationalist spaces. Although nation-making in these new states followed the familiar method of "appropriation and application" as in the west, the construction and legitimisation of a separate identity needed an entirely different engagement. This article studies such an endeavour that took place in post-colonial south Asia in the context of the death of a poet. The corpse of the dead poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam, became the contested site by two sovereign nations. The conflict over appropriating Nazrul and his legacy also took place at a crucial political juncture for Bangladesh, as it made the unlikely transition from democracy towards totalitarianism, from secularism to fundamentalism.

Northern Ireland: Six Women and the IRA

Last year the Irish Republican Army announced an end to its armed campaign and promised to pursue its goal through peaceful political means. It was the sustained campaign waged by six Irish women that compelled the IRA to disarm itself and swap violence for political negotiations as a means to achieve its goal.

Persisting Questions

Persisting Questions Social Movements, Old and New: A Post-modernist Critique by Rajendra Singh; Sage Publications, 2001; pp 367, Rs 550 (hardcover).

Nationhood and Displacement in Indian Subcontinent

The journey of nations begins with the construction of 'self', the basic criteria for which is a preconceived homogeneity. But achieving such a homogeneity proves elusive and the search becomes an exercise in peeling an onion, which involves the shedding of people who do not fit the constructed identity or who question the accepted framework. This in turn prompts the construction of minority identities which strive to build a majority for themselves. In the subcontinent the search for nationhood has always focused on ethnicity, culture and religion, but what has emerged is a heterogeneous mix of people who should have represented diversity but now have one culture, the middle class culture and one identity, the middle class identity.

Tribals, Rats, Famine, State and the Nation

'Rat-famine' has followed a recurring pattern in Mizo history. Despite their ability to predict the occurrence of a famine, Mizo tribes have found themselves ill-equipped to handle such calamities on their own. The British extended help and support, which in turn helped alleviate suspicion on both sides. Unfortunately, it was the failure of the newly independent Indian government in extending support during the 1958 famine that alienated the Mizos and was largely responsible for the Mizo National Famine Front's turning against the centre.

Human Rights Violation in Naga Hills

services from the informal and the formal sector leading to enterprise development.
We are working in an underdeveloped area for the last six years. Our experience has been that access to credit definitely helps some families. But a large percentage of families simply do not access credit in order to make significant improvement in income levels. This is so even when we are not scheme- oriented and support any reasonable income- generating opportunity. Also we offer interest-free credit and any related support that the family may require. We believe that, there is an economic rationale at work in the rejection of credit even at such attractive terms.


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