About the Author
Nani Gopal Mahanta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies at Gauhati University, Assam, India. A former Rotary World Peace Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (2002–04), he has published widely and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway. Currently, Mahanta is the President of North East India Political Science Association (NEIPSA).Mahanta is a regular contributor to various national and regional newspapers and journals on the contemporary conflict issues in India’s North East. They include Economic and Political Weekly, Socialist Perspective, India Today, The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, The Assam Tribune, Amar Asom and Dainik Pratidin. He is also one of the most popular television commentators in the region. Currently the editor of Journal of Political Science, he has also co-edited a book entitled Conflict Dynamics in North East India: The Shifting Terrain (with Dilip Gogoi), published in February 2012.
Table of Contents
From Nationalism to Secessionism: Transformation of Assamese Identity Assam Movement: Laying the Foundation of an Armed Struggle Periodi Zing ULFA's Metamorphosis: From Liberator to War Lord (?) Parag Das: The Ideologue 'ULFOcide', State Terror and Truncated Democracy What Keeps ULFA Going: Endogenous and Exogenous Factors What Sustains ULFA? ULFA in International Network: From Grievances to Greed Peace Process with ULFA, Civil Society and Indian State Confronting the State: Exploring Ways for Sustainable Peace Re-Visiting Immigration and Identity: Issues of Human Security, Development and Sustainable Peace Index