Paper co-authored by Dr. Samrat Sinha and Dr. Upasana Mahanta on "National Solidarity Within Ethnic Armed Movements" - India Defence Review

February 02, 2017 | Dr. Samrat Sinha and Dr. Upasana Mahanta

Armed movements in the Northeastern region of India are unique, not only because of their sophisticated patterns of recruitment, but also because of their ability to continuously adapt to the multifarious counterinsurgency strategies. Not only do these movements provide an alternative vision to their adherents or supporters, they are deeply connected to the broader ethnic politics of the region. The paper is an exploratory work which seeks to address the underlying resilience of ethnic armed movements. This question of resilience is explored through the study of a series of pamphlets produced by the “Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim” (GPRN) which provide a unique window into the sociological dimension of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN-IM.The paper thus will present a preliminary content analysis of these pamphlets, and describes the manner in which ideological solidarity is constructed among members of the group. Lastly, the paper will conclude with the argument for more micro-foundational work on armed movements in Northeast India, if existing peacebuilding practice is to be successful.