Riverbank Erosion: Land and Politics of Identity in Assam
Ankur Tamuli Phukan
February 28, 2022
In the latest issue of India in Transition, Ankur Tamuli Phukan (Programme and Research Associate, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata) discusses how climatic and development-induced ecological events deepened already existing ethnic conflicts and identity discourses in the Indian state of Assam.
This article is the first in a set of guest-edited IiT short series. The articles in this series seek to make sense of India’s multi-scalar response to climate crisis in four distinct ecological regions. India’s first-ever climate change assessment report, published in 2020, found that the intensity of droughts increased between 1951 to 2016 and that water stress, due to both flooding and loss of ground water, has exponentially risen over the previous decades. There is increasing pressure at the state and local municipal levels to come up with mitigation plans coupled with increasing global pressure on India to declare a zero-emission target. At the same time, on the ground-level, political, communal, and ethnic violence has increased in areas that are increasingly “disaster”-prone. This series will map how the effects of extreme weather are manifesting themselves as market-oriented transformations of the agrarian and forest economies, leading to various kinds of ethnic fissures and political violence around the question of land in the Ganga Brahmaputra region.
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On February 24, 2022, Ambassador Shyam Saran (26th Foreign Secretary of India) delivered a virtual CASI-Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture titled "Overlapping Peripheries: How Will India and China Navigate the Asian Century?" The lecture, moderated by discussant Ashley J. Tellis (Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs & Senior Fellow Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), was in partnership with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Perry World House. FULL VIDEO (Transcript, Hindi subtitles, English captions available)
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