Parallel Governance and Political Order in Contested Territory: Evidence from the Indo-Naga Ceasefire

Nagaland

Parallel Governance and Political Order in Contested Territory: Evidence from the Indo-Naga Ceasefire

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Speaker(s): 
Rajesh Venugopal (London School of Economics)
Convenor: 
Matthew McCartney, Mallica Kumbera Landrus and Rosalind O’Hanlon
Series: 
South Asia Seminar

This paper (joint work with Shalaka Thakur) examines the parallel governance system that has emerged under the protracted ceasefire between the Indian government and the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN(IM). Drawing on fieldwork in Ukhrul district in Manipur, we explain how parallel military and civilian structures co-exist, and the nature of their interaction. In doing so, we evaluate the consequences of this system of shared sovereignty in terms of India’s approach to separatist insurgency management, and to the broader literature on political order after violent conflict. An early draft version of the paper is available at: https://goo.gl/v8y7n6

Rajesh Venugopal is Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE)'s Department of International Development.  He researches on ethnic conflict, development theory, and nationalism, mostly with respect to Sri Lanka and India. His recent writings have been on natural disasters in Kashmir, mass hysteria in Sri Lanka, the Indo-Naga cease-fire, the concept of neoliberalism, and the social construction of failure in development. His recently completed book on the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict is due for release in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.

The South Asia Seminar is co-funded by the Ashmolean Museum, the Asian Studies Centre of St Antony’s College, the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, the Department for International Development and Faculty of History and the Faculty of Oriental Studies.