Aware, Awake & Arise: Issues that concern the region

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Identity Concerns Impedes Governance In India’s Northeast?

By Rajesh Dev
"In the context of Northeast India, it is the dilemma between these two meanings of “identity’ that perhaps also motivates the need for our concerns in addressing the issues. While we appreciate the embedded nature of our social identity and its positive advantages, we are also conscious of the ethnocentrism and social polarization that emanates from an essentialist awareness of “identity” in this region. The assumed question that is latent in the motivation of our concerns is whether such embedded notions of community and their politicised character are impediments to ‘governance’; and whether engendering an individual political subjectivity would aid the process of unhindered governance."

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