The Peripheral Centre

Voices from India's Northeast

Edited by Preeti Gill

Edited by Preeti Gill

Distributed for Zubaan Books

496 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2010
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9789381017951 Published February 2014 World sales rights except India
Northeast India, connected to the rest of the country by only a narrow strip of land, has long been a site of tension between people native to the region—many of whom demand more political independence—and representatives of the mainland and the Indian state. In 2004, one of the region’s notorious paramilitary groups famously arrested and killed a young woman named Thangjam Manorama. This collection takes its inspiration from the mass demonstrations that arose after her death and the unprecedented protests against the violence that has wracked the area.

In a diverse series of reflections on the state of the Northeast in the wake of these events, the contributors address such topics nationhood, identity, and the complex factors that alienate the region from the rest of India. Their intensely personal responses and informed political assessments illuminate the changes, asymmetries and fault lines that continue to cause potentially violent rifts. Some of these writers, academics, and activists grew up in the Northeast, while others are outsiders—but all share a passion for the area and an intense desire for peace.
Susan Abraham | DNA
“It’s impossible to cover the import of all these essays in the span of one review. But in short, the book is a brave attempt to cover just about everything there is to know about the region from a concerned citizen’s point of view.”
Contents

Introduction

Engaging with the Northeast: The ‘outsider’ looks ‘in’

PREETI GILL

 

1. Northeast India: Beyond Counterinsurgency and Developmentalism

SANJIB BARUAH

 

2. From a Reporter’s Diary: An Introduction to Northeast India

RUPA CHINAI

 

3. In Times of Conflict the Real Victims are Women

SANJOY HAZARIKA

 

4. Arunachal Pradesh – The Insurgency Scene

MAMANG DAI

 

5. Tree Sans Roots? The Story of Khasi-Jaintia Borderlanders

SANJEEB KAKOTY

 

6. Shifting Sands: Negotiations, Compromises and Rights in Situations of Armed Conflict

ROSHMI GOSWAMI

 

7. ‘Benevolent Subordination’: Social Status of Naga Women

TEMSULA AO

 

8. Khasi Matrilineal Society: The Paradox Within

ESTHER SYIEM

 

9. Status of Mizo Women

LAL DENA

 

10. Meira Paibi: The Role of Women’s Movements in Meitei Society

NANDINI THOCKCHOM

 

11. Crab Theology: Women, Christianity and Conflict in the ‘Northeast’

V. SAWMVELI and ASHLEY TELLIS

 

12. Contested Fields: Reflections on Gender and Development in Northeastern India

SUMI KRISHNA

 

13. Socio-economic Realities in Nagaland

RAHUL GOSWAMI

14. Conflicts and Constructive Work: Strengthening Civil Society in the Northeast

MONICA BANERJEE

 

15. HIV and Women in the Northeast

SHYAMALA SHIVESHWARKER

 

16. ‘Even if we shout there is no one to hear’: Reproductive Health Issues among the Marginalized Population of Nagaland

RUPA CHINAI

 

17. Health and Torture

P. NGULLY

 

18. Restoring Order in Manipur: The Drama of Contemporary Women’s Protests

DEEPTI PRIYA MEHROTRA

 

19. Who Killed Mother Teresa? Children of the Conflict

MITRA PHUKAN

 

20. Women Writing in Times of Violence

TILOTTOMA MISRA

 

21. Performance: The Gendered Space in Manipur

N. VIJAYALAKSHMI BRARA

 

22. Manipur Burning: Voices in Protest

 

23. The Flight of the 18 White Egrets

M. K. BINODINI

 

24. Red is the Colour of Blood

EASTERINE IRALU

 

25. Dealing with Conflict and Violence: The Power of Attitude

SUMITA GHOSE

 

26. Mosaic: Four Interviews

 

List of Contributors

 

Acknowledgements

 

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