Dhruba Jyoti Bora, Sanjoy Hazarika and Teresa Rehman in conversation with Urvashi Butalia

 

As the region officially known as India’s north-east emerges from decades of conflict and marginalisation, clear and strong voices are challenging stereotypes and entrenched narratives of frontier, violence and division. A surge of out-migration to other parts of the country has been accompanied by robust engagement especially by younger people. Some of the major non-state armed groups are in peace talks, new initiatives are growing and urban centres that once closed at dusk are bustling. Yet, critical infrastructure gaps remain; underdevelopment indicators for vulnerable groups are inadequate. As this ‘manthan’ plays out, contesting voices speak of underlying concerns and the real pressures that continue to shape lives and communities, far from the gaze of Delhi.