Naeem Mohaiemen on Mon, 17 Dec 2007 10:15:07 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> The Other Side Of India's Boom

The Other Side Of India's Boom
1000 Conflicts Now

There are two booms in India. With over 9% growth rate so far in 2007,
India's economy is booming. India's other boom is in conflict. Instead
of attempting to address the root causes of these conflicts, the
State's tactics to deal with local conflicts are making things worse.

In combating insurgency the State has not advanced much beyond the
tactics of the British Empire. The response is based on the idea of
"divide and rule":  pitting one local group against another. The use
of the vigilante groups has been traditionally limited to insurgency
affected areas. But it is clear that the State has now extended these
policies to counter protests against forcible land acquisitions that
fuel India's industrialization.....

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