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Published: 23 October 2018

304 Pages

ISBN: 9780199485550

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State, Violence, and Legitimacy in India

Santana Khanikar

  • The work is based on ethnographic research of two sites - policing, and routine interrogation violence in Delhi, and the violence incurred by paramilitary forces and the army in Assam
  • The ethnographic study emphasizes the importance of understanding categories like the agency of citizens, their perceptions, and their experiences, to gain the complete picture of state-citizen relationships when addressing questions of violence and the state
  • India appears paradoxical to some commentators in that it is, on one hand, as is often noted, the world's largest democracy, yet, on the other, is the site of pervasive human rights violations committed by the state against people within its own borders.
  • The study of Operation Bajrang and subsequent presence of army by taking up Lakhipathar, the location of the General Head Quarter of the insurgent group ULFA, is also a first in the academic field.