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Author Bhattacharyya, Harihar, author.

Title Radical politics and governance in India's North East : the case of Tripura / Harihar Bhattacharyya.

Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xv, 252 pages)
Series Routledge studies in South Asian politics ; 14
Contents Introduction to radical politics and governance in India's North East -- Marxism and the national/ethnic question : theory and practice in India -- Ethnic diversity and ethnic radicalism in India's North East -- Institutionalization of ethnic radicalism in India's North East : power-sharing, participation and governance -- Roots of radical politics in Tripura, princely state : demographic, social and economic transformations -- The ethnic radicalism in Tripura : Reang rebellion 1943-45 and the birth of an ethnic identity -- Origins of the communist movement in Tripura : Jana Mongal Samity, Jana Shiksha Samity and Paraja Mondal -- Dialectics of radical ethnic nationalism and left radicalism in Tripura, 1948-51 : communist influence over the tribal mass mobilization -- Radical ethno-nationalism in Tripura, 1948-50 -- Left radicalism turned parliamentary and institutionalized in Tripura : appropriation of tribal ethno-nationalism -- The rise and decline of the TUJS in Tripura : radical ethnic challenge to the left -- Marxists in power in Tripura : sub-state level institutionalization of tribal identity -- Marxists in power in Tripura : dilemmas of governance in Tripura since the 1990s -- Conclusion.
Summary "Tripura in India's Northeast remains the only region in the world which has sustained a strong left radical political tradition for more than a century, in a context not usually congenial for left politics. Tripura is one of the 29 States in India which has returned the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front repeatedly to power. By contrast, radical ethnic politics dot the political scenario in the rest of the region.This book examines the roots, nature, governmental performance, and theoretical and policy implications of left radicalism in Tripura. The case of Tripura is placed in comparison with her neighbours in the region, and in some cases with India's advanced States in governance matters. Based on original archival and the very recent empirical and documentary sources on the subject, the author shows that the Left in Tripura is well-entrenched, and that it has sustained itself compared to other parts of India, despite deeply rooted ethnic tensions between the aboriginal peoples (tribes) and immigrant Bengalis. The book explains how the Left sustains itself in the social and economic contexts of persistent ethnic conflicts, which are, rarely, if ever, punctuated by incipient class conflicts in a predominantly rural society in Tripura. It argues that shorn of the Indian Marxism's 'theoretical' shibboleths, the Left in Tripura, which is part of the Indian Left, has learned to accommodate non-class tribal ethnicity within their own discourse and practices of government. This study demolishes the so-called 'durable disorder' hypothesis in the existing knowledge on India's Northeast.A useful contribution to the study of radical left politics in India in general and state politics in particular, this book will be of interest to researchers of modern Indian history, India's Northeast, and South Asian Politics."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Communism -- India -- Tripura -- History.
Nationalism -- India -- Tripura -- History.
Tripura (India) -- Ethnic relations -- History.
Tripura (India) -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9781315618517 (e-book : PDF)
9781317211150 (e-book: Mobi)
9781138668720 (hardback)
Standard Number 10.1201/9781315618517