shared rivers in south asia: challenges and prospects in lower ripAriAn states edited by Wasbir Hussain. Research: Rani Pathak Das. Published by Wordweaves India (2015), pages 130, Price Rs 499 (ISBN-978-93-83094-02-8)





About the Book

South Asia supports more than 21 per cent of the world’s population, but has access to just over 8 per cent of global water resources. Rapid population growth and urbanization has increased demand, made water scarce, and has led to the securitization of this precious natural resource. The region, of course, shares many rivers which are both a source of conflict and possible cooperation.

This monograph, Shared Rivers in South Asia - Challenges & Prospects in Lower Riparian States – is a collection of research articles by experts from the region who tries to examine whether South Asia’s water woes could be mitigated through improved water governance of its major trans-boundary rivers.

The essays touch on the challenges in water sharing among the lower riparian countries and the potential for optimal utilization through cooperation among these nations. Another aspect that finds mention in this monograph is the concern in India about China’s massive dam projects on the Yarlung Tsangpo, as the river Brahmaputra is called there, and possible attempts at diverting the river to provide water to its arid northern areas. Can a cooperative framework emerge in South Asia for the use, development, protection, conservation and management of the shared river waters? What could be Beijing’s role because China is a hydro-heavyweight and controls several large water sources?


1. Shared Rivers In South Asia: Challenges And Prospects In
  Lower Riparian States
  Dr. Alka Acharya
2. Shared Rivers Cooperation:
  The Need For An Institutional Framework In South Asia
  amb. tariq a karim
3. Water: The New Dimension In India-China Relations
  nazia hussain
4. Rights Of The Riparian States On An International Watercourse
  surya nath upadhyay
5. Trans-Boundary Water Resources Management:
  Issues And Concerns of Bangladeh As A Lower Riparian Country
  ENGr. md. waji ullah
6. Harnessing The Brahmaputra:
  Key To Northeast India's Economic Regeneration
  dr. nayan sharma

Tribal Women's rights in northest india: access to representtion and justice


About the Book

The Report on Tribal Women’s Rights in Northeast India: Access to Representation and Justice makes an assessment of participation of tribal women in political and traditional decision making institutions in northeastern states of India. The report also speaks about whether the tribal women had access to justice in their respective communities or not. This report is based a field study that covered three states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland. The report also puts forward recommendations for ensuring greater participation of women in decision-making institutions and increasing their access to justice.


Women's participation in mgnrega work in assam: an analysis

About the Book

The Report Women’s Participation in MGNREGA Work in Assam: An Analysis makes an assessment of the level of participation of women under MGNREGA in Assam. The report is based on a field survey covering 20 districts of Assam. It analyzes the awareness level among women about MGNREGA and its benefits and the factors behind non-participation or withdrawal of participation of women. The report also indicates the difficulties faced by women at the workplace and the facilities provided to them. The report puts forward measures for improvement in implementation of the MGNREGA Scheme.


northeast india: the maoist spread edited by Wasbir Hussain. Research: Arunav Goswami & Nazia Hussain. Published by Wordweaves India (2014), pages 163, Price Rs 499 (ISBN-978-93-83094-00-4)



About the Book

Riddled with a plethora of insurgent movements, Northeast India was free of any Maoist rebellion unlike many of the eastern, northern and southern heartland states. But, arrests of top Maoists leaders in Assam since 2013 have revealed the expansion of the ‘Red Corridor’ to this far-eastern part of India, and confirmed attempts by the Naxals to consolidate their base and entering into tactical understandings with active insurgent groups in the region like Manipur’s People’s Liberation Army.

The Maoist spread to a region that shares porous international borders with China, Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh has beenviewed with serious concern by India’s security establishment.

This Volume, Northeast India: The Maoist Spread, is an attempt to put into perspective the extent of the Maoist or the Naxal spread in India’s northeastern region. It traces the genesis of the Maoist movement in the area and its consequent spread. Experts, in their papers, have analysed the links between the Maoists and the northeastern rebel groups, the extent of Maoist penetration among the ethnic population in the region, and have tried to present a workable strategy to tackle the menace. The Andhra Pradesh experience and lessons for the Northeast have also been detailed.



Responding To The Maoist Spread In India’s Northeast

2. ‘UK, India Working Together For Confl ict Prevention And
  Scott Furssedonn-Wood
3. Maoist Spread In Assam: The Genesis
  Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta
4. Equitable Justice, Development And Rise Of The Maoists
  In Northeast India
  Dr. Akhil Ranjan Dutta
5. The Maoist Look To The Northeast: Strategic Alliances
With Ethnic Rebel Armies
  Dr. L. R. Bishnoi
6. CPI (Maoist)-PLA Nexus In Manipur: Bonded By Ideology
Or A Marriage Of Convenience?
  Chitra Ahanthem
7. Challenges Before The Adivasi Community And The State
In Preventing A Maoist Consolidation In Assam
  Barnabas Kindo
8. Maoists In Assam: Filling The Void Created By Rebels In
Peace Talks And Truce
  Wasbir Hussain & Arunav Goswami
9. Tackling The Maoists: A Workable Strategy
  Vishwa Ranjan
10. Dealing With Maoists: The Andhra Pradesh Experience
And Lessons For The Northeast
  P V Ramana

The Autonomy Discourse: Ethnic Aspirations In India's Northeast edited by Wasbir Hussain & Rani Pathak Das. Published by Wordweaves India (2013), pages 158, Price Rs 499 (ISBN-978-81-909903-8-7)


About the Book

The concept of autonomy was in practice in the Northeast much before Independence. After India’s Independence in 1947, the government appointed sub-committee of the Constituent Assembly, known as the North-East Frontier (Assam) Tribal and Excluded Areas Committee, studied the aspirations and demands of the hill tribes and recommended Autonomous District Councils for the tribal areas that was accepted and incorporated in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Several decades have passed, but the success of autonomy in the region still remains a big question,

with continued agitations by different tribal groups for more powers and safeguards to their identity. Of late, the region has witnessed agitations for separate states, movements which are seen as further extension of the autonomy demands or aspirations.

The essays the book The Autonomy Discourse: Ethnic Aspirations In India's Northeast, would help understand the aspirations of the various groups and communities in Assam and the rest of the Northeast. The observations and views of the contributors provide answers to a great extent as to why those communities who are already enjoying powers and facilities in accordance with the provisions of the Sixth Schedule, governed by the District Councils, are still demanding more autonomy.

The set of recommendations for a workable autonomy model for the region can help the Government and policy formulators in dealing with or trying to resolve the various demands of the ethnic groups in Northeast India.



The Contributors

Inaugural Session

Empowerment And Good Governance: A Must for Tribal Communities


J B Patnaik

Autonomy And Devolution Of Powers In Northeast India


P C Haldar

Session - I

Ethnic Aspirations And Politics Of Autonomy In Northeast India


Paul Lyngdoh

The Autonomy Experience And The Demand For Federal Restructuring In Assam


Noni Gopal Mahanta

Community-Based Autonomy In Assam: An Exercise At Appeasement, Not Development?


Ranoj Pegu

The Autonomy Discourse In Assam


Samujjal Bhattacharya

Session -II

Autonomy On Ethnic Lines: A Recipe To Fragment The Northeast?


Patricia Mukhim

Six Decades Of Autonomy In Dima Hasao: The Road Ahead


Debojeet Thaosen

Co-Existence In A Small State: The Bodoland Perspective


U G Brahma

Session - III

The Autonomy Model In Northeast India: A Failed Experiment?

  Dr Jayanta Rongpi

Autonomy And Devolution Of Powers: Can It Fulfi ll People’s Aspirations In Northeast India?

  Shashadhar Choudhury

An Ideal Autonomy Arrangement To Address Tribal Aspirations In Tripura

  Khakchang Debbarma

Theme Paper & Recommendations


Wasbir Hussain


Northeast India Sustaining Peace Changing Dimensions edited by Wasbir Hussain. Research by Rani Pathak Das. Published by Bhabani Books, Guwahati (2012), pages 186, Price 350 (ISBN-978-93-82624-02-8)

About the Book

The book Northeast India Sustaining Peace Changing Dimensions, is an attempt at looking into the changing discourses of peace and security in the area. It takes stock of the Maoists’ emergence in the region, their linkages with ethnic rebel groups in the vicinity, the front organizations etc.

The papers in the volume also look at the security scenario, the idea of a moratorium on peace talks with new insurgent groups, the changing contours and dynamics of conflict in the Northeast, possibility of the Look East Policy integrating the region by bringing about connectivity in the neighbourhood, and development as a means towards building peace.

The essays give the readers a broad picture of the prevailing situation in Northeast India, and can be of help to students, peace makers and governments alike.



The Writers


Sustaining Peace in the Northeast– Changing Dimensions


G.K. Pillai

2. Maoists in India’s Northeast: The Pull Factors

Samir Kumar Das

3. Red Terror in Northeast India: Maoists’ Link-up with Ethnic
  Rebels Adds New Dimension to the Region’s Security

Wasbir Hussain

4. The Indian Constitution: Can it Accommodate Diverse

Patricia Mukhim

5. Dealing with War & Peace in Northeast India: Initiatives

beyond Boundaries


Subir Bhaumik


Elusive Peace in Northeast: The Manipur Case


Rajen Singh Laishram

7. Conflict over Land, Governance and Development:

KMSS in Assam


Nani Gopal Mahanta


Development: A Key for Sustaining Peace in Northeast India


Gaurav Gogoi


Positioning Northeast India on the Super-highway to

  Southeast Asia

Wasbir Hussain

10. Insurgent Politics & Negotiations:
  Is a Moratorium on Peace Talks Needed?

Rani Pathak Das


Peace Tools & Conflict Nuances in India’s Northeast. edited by Wasbir Hussain. Published by Wordweaves India, Guwahati (2010), pages 235, Price 499 (ISBN-978-81-909903-1-8)


About the Book

The book, Peace Tools & Conflict Nuances in India’s Northeast, is a collection of essays on various dimensions of conflict in the northeastern Indian theatre, a vast region inhabited by 40 million people that has seen armed separatist insurrections for more than six decades, and, of course, ethnic aspirations taking the form of violent uprisings.

Aside from well known analysts, academics, journalists, and people directly involved in governance making their points on such aspects in a conflict situation as the role of the civil society or the media,

or talk in general terms about conflict dynamics and theories, the volume has essays that looks at an unusual possibility— can political science as a discipline beused as a tool to understand and resolve conflicts, say in the Northeast. Papers on the civil liberty issue, the moral economy of counter-insurgency, conceptualizing gender, peace and conflict in a state like Assam, and conflict management approaches, help in understanding the intricate conflict nuances in Northeast India. The editor of this volume, Wasbir Hussain, Director of the Centre for Development & Peace Studies and a well known security analyst, had added another dimension by arguing in his essay that diplomacy can be a potent tool in tackling conflict, particularly trans-border terror.



The Writers


Conflict Resolution: The Social Sciences As Force

2. Can Political Science Be A Tool For Understanding And
  Resolving Conflicts?
3. Track-2 And Counter-Insurgency
4. Encounters In The Peace Process: The Moral
  Economy Of Counter-insurgency
5. Diplomacy As A Tool To Combat Trans-border Terror: The ULFA Case
6. Political Science Research Capacity In Northeast India
7. Civil Society In India’s Northeast: Can It Still Help Resolve Conflict In The Region?
8. Journalism In A Conflict Zone: A View From India’s Northeast
9. Civil Liberty: A Victim Of Actions By The State And Non-state Armed Groups In Northeast India
10. Conflict Management vis-à-vis Conflict Transformation:
Some Reflections From Northeast India
11. Diffusion Of Technology In Maintaining Peace
  And Public Order With Community Policing
12. Why Does The State Fail To Tackle Terror And
  Insurgency? Perspective From Northeast India
13. Conceptualizing Gender, Peace And Conflict:
  The Assam Case

Order in Chaos: Essays on Conflict in India’s Northeast and the Road to Peace in South Asia –edited by Wasbir Hussain. Spectrum Publications, Guwahati/New Delhi (2006), pages 175, Price 596 (ISBN 81-8344-018-5)

About the Book

South Asia is among the world’s ethnic hotspots where groups of people are perennially engaged in the quest for identity or nationality formation, often taking recourse to violent armed uprisings against the states. India’s Northeast, wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China’s Tibet region, is a microcosm of all the problems and challenges facing South Asia today.

The book takes stock of the conflicts in South Asia as a whole, while going into the specific problems facing Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, besides the complex issues of insurgency and trans-border terror in India’s Northeast. It also looks at the prospects or the possibility of an economic integration of India’s far eastern frontier with the booming economies in the South Asian neighbourhood.

The writers, all well-known experts on the South Asian peace and conflict scenario, analyses the conflicts, detailing their various dimensions and documenting facts, both known and unknown, in perspective. The essays give readers a broad picture of the prevailing situation in South Asia and can be of help to peace-makers and governments alike as they embark on the road to peace.




The Writers




The South Asian Scenario

1. Conflict Dynamics in South Asia and Approach to Peace
2. Bangladesh: Challenges to Peace
3. Sri Lanka: Negotiating the Road to Peace
4. Nepal : Governance Vs Insurgent Politics


India’s Northeast: The Challenges

5. Challenges of Peace Building in India’s Northeast: A Holistic Perspective
6. Insurgency sans Borders: An Analysis of Separatist Insurrections in India’s Northeast
7. Negotiating Insurgency and Holding On To Peace in Mizoram
8. Ethno-Nationalism in India’s Northeast
9. Militancy and Education
10. Transnational Connections with South and South-east Asian Neighbours: Scenario from Northeast India


Research Papers
Red Terror in Northeast India: Maoists’ Link-up with Ethnic Rebels Adds New Dimension to the Region’s Security
Wasbir Hussain
Insurgent Politics & Negotiations: Is a Moratorium on Peace Talks Needed?
Rani Pathak Das
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