Peacebuilding in India
Meghalaya’s experience
in Cultures of governance and peace
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This chapter discusses the experience of peacebuilding in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. The authors analyze the potential of the Indian democratic governance in dealing with conflict in this part of the country. Their findings come as a result of the fieldwork undertaken in Khasi, Garo and Jaintia Hills which aimed at scrutinizing the claims on the 'peacefulness' of this state. The chapter finds the main fault line in peacebuilding in Meghalaya in the lack of consideration of various patterns of ethnicity issues, and in putting too strong emphasis on underdevelopment and political economy. The authors claim that a comprehensive, long-term approach is needed to successfully rehabilitate former insurgents which should be followed by adjusted development policies, replacing short-term monetary compensations which only foster insurgency.

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