Transition in Northeastern India
The uniquely diverse landscapes, societies and cultures of north eastern India, forged through complex bio-geographic and socio-political forces, are now facing rapid transition. Yet, popular and academic perceptions tend to be limited primarily to the various conflicts in the region. This series, therefore, aims to broaden the focus to the processes and practices that have shaped, and are shaping, the people’s identities, outlook, institutions and economy. Eschewing the homogenising term ‘North East’, which was imposed on the region in a particular political context half a century ago, the series title refers to the ‘north eastern region’ to more accurately reflect its heterogeneity and the varied issues confronting its diverse peoples. The series will encompass a broad rubric of themes related to culture, social relations, human and economic development, the environment, technology, governance and juridical systems.
Seeking to explore how the ‘mainstream’ and the ‘margins’ impact each other, the series will foreground both historical and contemporary research on the north eastern region including the Eastern Himalaya, the adjoining hills and valleys, the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. It will publish original, reflective studies that draw upon different disciplines and approaches, and combine empirical and theoretical insights. The monographs and the occasional edited volume are intended to make scholarship accessible for a wide spectrum of general readers and to help deepen the understanding of academics, policy-makers and practitioners.