Fearful State: Power, People and Internal War in South Asia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856491228
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

1 The Post-colonial State in South Asia 1
Setting the Scene 1
The Fundamental Dichotomy 5
Integration in the New Order 7
The Kautilyan Paradigm of Diplomacy 13
The Impact of Great-Power Rivalry 15
Nation-state Building in Divided Societies 16
Conclusions 18
2 Montagnard Insurrections in North-east India 22
The Many Cleavages of a Divided Land 22
Under the Union Jack 24
The Insurgent's Art 29
The Nagas 31
The Mizos 37
Revolutionary Warfare in Manipur 43
Delhi's Divide et Impera in the Highlands 48
The Tripura Trojan Horse 48
The Gurkha Guerrillas of Darjeeling 52
The Ahams and Bodos of Assam 57
3 Sikh Separatism in Punjab 70
An Historical Overview 70
The Age of the Gurus and the Rise of a Martial Faith 70
The Age of Heroes 77
The Sikh Wars and the Privileged Khalsa 82
Khalsa Reformation and the Rise of Sikh Nationalism 86
Independent India and the Demand for a 'Punjabi Suba' 91
Politics in the New Punjab 94
Akali Challenge to the Emergency and the Janata Spring 97
The Rise of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale 99
The Denouement 105
4 Baluch Nationalism in South-west Pakistan 118
Baluch History 119
The Baluch-Brahui Confederacy 124
The Baluch on the Fringes of Empire 129
Nationalist Stirrings and Accession to Pakistan 134
Provincial Autonomy and the Iran-Iraq 'Great Game' 142
Tribal Nationalism versus Military Power 147
Prospects 153
5 The 'Peace Force' of the Chittagong Hills 162
Introduction 162
A Demographic Revolution 165
An Ethnic Pot-pourri 166
Historical Overview 167
Early Militarisation 170
The CHT Regulation, 1900 172
Montagnard Isolation in a Period of Nationalist Ferment 174
The Mountains go to Mohammedan Pakistan 175
'Opening Up' of the CHT 176
Nation-building and Development 177
The Kaptai Dam and 'Lake of Tears' 178
'The Little Great Game' 181
The Development of Resistance 182
The PCJSS: Its Precepts and Organisation 184
A Cockpit of Intrigue and Violence 187
Jungle War and Pacification Plans 189
The Shanti Bahini's Divided House 190
The New Bahini and a New Strategy 193
Natural Resources in a World of Hunger 195
Prospects 196
6 Tamil Separation in Sri Lanka 204
Historical Overview 205
The Europeans Arrive 209
Pax Britannica 210
Reforms and Change 210
Genesis of the New Divide 212
Independent Sri Lanka 215
The Politics of Language 217
Sri Lanka's Other Insurrection 220
Kautilya and Indian Politics 221
Tamil Tigers versus Sinhala Lions 222
Diplomacy and Guerrilla War 233
Prospects 241
7 The Lessons to be Learned 249
Glossary 257
Index 260
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