NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Converting Social to Security: The State and the Maoists in Tribal-Dalit Conflict in Koraput" by Dr. Anshuman Behera

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


Topic:              Converting Social to Security: The State and the Maoists in

Tribal-Dalit Conflict in Koraput”


Speaker:          Anshuman Behera

                        Assistant Professor, Conflict Resolution Programme, NIAS



Chairperson:   Narendar Pani

                       Dean, School of Social Sciences,

                       Professor and Head, Conflict Resolution Programme, NIAS



Date:               29th May 2019


Time:               4.00 PM


Venue:             JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract: A violent political movement waged by the Communist Party of India-Maoist, Maoists in short, has been a major factor of depriving multiple local conflicts of independent and scholarly engagement. As a result of which the local conflicts in and around the Maoist affected areas either are engaged through the prism of the Maoist movement or does find a casual mention in the discourse. The kandha (a tribal group) and the Damba (a Dalit group) conflict in the Narayanpatna areas of Koraput district of Odisha offers an interesting case of how a conflict between two marginalized groups over the issues of land holding and social status  have been seen through the prism of the Maoist movement. Based on the observations of a field survey this talk makes an attempt to identify the specificities of the Kandha-Damba conflict in Koraput. In this process the talk also highlights the issues, the stakeholders (internal and external), and the institutions around which the conflict operate. This talk also interrogates the process of commonality between the state and the Maoists which converts the social to security. While the process of converting the social to security, the talk underlines, victimizes the marginalized communities; it benefits both the state and the Maoists.


About the speaker: Dr. Anshuman Behera is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru. Prior to joining NIAS, Dr. Behera worked with Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), New Delhi. A co-author of a book on ‘Militant Groups in South Asia’ (Pentagon-2014) and co-editor of a book on ‘Reasoning Indian Politics: Philosopher Politicians to Politicians Seeking Philosophy’ (Routledge-2018), Dr. Behera writes on internal conflicts in India, Bangladesh and Nepal and on political processes in South Asia. Apart from his extensive work on Maoist conflict in India and Nepal his research interests include political theory, terrorism and political conflicts in South Asia and religious fundamentalism. 



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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS