The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance

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Hachette India, 2010 - India - 272 pages
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The spiralling crisis in Jammu and Kashmir; the Naxalite-Maoist menace that seems to be intensifying with every passing day; the disturbing reach of proxy governments run by militant groups in Manipur and Nagaland - today, a quarter of India is being held hostage by violence and anarchy. What has pushed the country, which has otherwise held together through seemingly insurmountable odds in the past, to the edge?

In a series of dispatches the authors unveil the tensions, frustrations, challenges and justifications that are everyday realities in these troubled regions. Civil administrators talk about the widespread misappropriation of development funds in tribal and remote areas; security and police personnel describe extreme confrontations in the face of inadequate training and equipment; rebel ranks and former insurgents reveal how unemployment, lack of education and rampant exploitation have fuelled their defiance against the establishment and encouraged secessionist activities. At the heart of the on-going turmoil, ordinary people mourn the loss of their loved ones - to starvation, lack of healthcare facilities and militancy - even as they voice their demand to be heard.

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A very hard hitting analysis of the grave internal threats facing this country. These have manifested in the form of threats from the Maoists who are active in 200 of India's 600 districts. The ... Read full review

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Excellent book. Gives you an insider view on the troubled states of India.

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About the author (2010)

Neelesh Misra is Deputy Executive Editor, the Hindustan Times. His stories on insurgency have won him the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism and the K.C. Kulish Memorial Award. Rahul Pandita is Senior Special Correspondent with Open magazine and has reported extensively on Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kashmir and India's Northeast.

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