Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India

Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India

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The rhetoric of armed social welfare has become prominent in military and counterinsurgency circuits with profound consequences for the meanings of democracy, citizenship, and humanitarianism in conflict zones. By focusing on the border district of Kargil, the site of India and Pakistana€™s fourth war in 1999, this book analyses how humanitarian policies of healing and heart warfare infused the logic of democracy and militarism in the post-war period. Compassion became a strategy to contain political dissension, regulate citizenship, and normalize the extensive militarization of Kargila€™s social and political order. The book uses the power of ethnography to foreground peoplea€™s complex subjectivities and the violence of compassion, healing, and sacrifice in Indiaa€™s disputed frontier state. Based on extensive research in several sites across the region, from border villages in Kargil to military bases and state offices in Ladakh and Kashmir, this engaging book presents new material on military-civil relations, the securitization of democracy and development, and the extensive militarization of everyday life and politics. It is of interest to scholars working in diverse fields including political anthropology, development, and Asian Studies.New Delhi: Lancer Publishers. Samphel, T.(2002). a€œWhy Union ... Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Chicago: University ... Sharma, A.and Gupta, A. (eds.) (2006). The Anthropology of the State: A Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Sharma, D.

Title:Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India
Author:Mona Bhan
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-09-11


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