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Blisters on their Feet

Blisters on their Feet
Tales of Internally Displaced Persons in India's North East

First Edition
Edited by:

May 2008 | 352 pages | SAGE India
India's North East is fast becoming yet another zone of natural and man-made disasters, intercommunity strife, and violent conflicts. This has lead to its accounting for the largest number of people constantly on the move in the country, and hence the analogy in the book title with Blisters on their Feet. This book is a compendium of case studies drawn from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and Tripura - the four worst-affected states of the region. This book is the first of its kind, weaving the stories of the people of this region with rare insight, sensitivity, and commitment, and without any theoretical pretensions.

The editor's introduction serves as a useful key to conceptualizing internal displacement as a research problem and a matter of national concern. The book helps us understand the human tragedy of this region in a wider comparative context.



Samir Kumar Das
Socio-economic Portents of Displacement of Indigenous Peoples

P K Mandal and M C Behera
Proposed Subansiri Hydel Project: A Case Study of Potential Displacement

Timo Riba
Displacement and Refugee Issue in Arunachal Pradesh

P K Panigrahi
A Case Study of the Sulungs (Puroiks)

Sristidhar Dutta and Tana Showren
Internally Displaced Persons of Changlang District

K O Sebastian
Environment-induced IDPs: An Appraisal

Nazmin Banu Islam
River Bank Erosion Affected People in the Kamrup District

Aparna Goswami and Baneswar Das
Erosion-induced Displacement in Nagaon, Morigaon, Barpeta, Dhubri and Goalpara Districts

Conflict and Displacement: A Case Study of the Election Violence in 1983

Jyotirmay Jana Makiko Kimura
The Displaced Santhals of Western Assam

Biswajit Chakrabarty
IDPs of Western Assam: A Study of Conflict-Induced Displacement

Subhas Barman
Nobody`s People: Muslim IDPs of Western Assam

Uddipana Goswami
The Displaced Reangs of Hailakandi District

Abdul Mannan Mazumdar and Bornali Bhattacharjee
Kuki-Naga Conflict and its Impact on the Zeliangrong People

K Gailangam
A Study of Ethnic Conflicts in the Hills, 1992-1993

Ksh Bimola Devi
IDPs of Manipur Hills

Koijam Shethajit
A Case Study of the May 1993 Riot Victims of Purum Pangaltabi

S Mangi Singh
A Note on the Internally Displaced Persons

R K Ranjan Singh
IDPs and the Problems of their Education

L Leiren Singh
Internally Displaced Persons in Tripura: Past and Present

Mahadev Chakravarti
Development and Displacement: A Case Study of the IDPs

Satyadeo Poddar
Gumti Hydel Project and the Displaced Persons

Malaya Banerjee
Landownership and Occupational Patterns of IDPs (1999-2001): A Case Study

Ruma Sahu and Amitabha Sinha
Internal Displacement: A Man-made Tragedy

Sukhendu Debbarma
The Case of Urabari Mohanpur Block

Chandrika Basu Majumder
Birth of a Problem

Sudhir Kumar Singh and Sristidhar Dutta
Paradigm of Development: A Critique

Deepak Mishra
Waiting for Elusive Resettlement and Rehabilitation?

Monirul Hussain
Challenges Ahead

Subir Bhaumik
Development, Displacement, and the Right to Life

Walter Fernandes and Sanjay Barbora


"This book is an important addition to the growing critical scholarship on postcolonial North East India.  Based on a series of workshops organized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research-North Eastern Regional Center, it examines the disjunctures in global, national and local policy frameworks and categories that determine the lives andstatus of internally displaced poeple in North East India."

Urmitapa Dutta
University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign

The volume succeeds in conveying the severity and complexity of the problem of internal displacement in the region, which is often overlooked in the obsession with ‘security concerns’ or the ‘underdevelopment-insurgency nexus’ in discussions on the North-East. The fairly detailed factual accounts, which provide considerable insights into the problems of the region, can sensitize policy-makers to the implications of displacement for peace and development interventions.

ASCI Journal of Management

This book gives snapshots and detailed case studies of the tales of internally displaced peoples in the North East of India… [The book is] distinct from previous studies due to the emphasis placed on a ‘rights based’ approach to displacement, where communities, irrespective of their ethnic, religious or linguistic identity, should be considered as the collective disenfranchised and displaced communities…. The book is a valuable contribution to the study of the topic in the region.

Contemporary South Asia

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