Security and Development: are they two sides of the same coin? Investigating India’s two-pronged policy towards left wing extremism

Basu, I. 2011. Security and Development: are they two sides of the same coin? Investigating India’s two-pronged policy towards left wing extremism . Contemporary South Asia. 19 (4), pp. 373-393. doi:10.1080/09584935.2010.537745

TitleSecurity and Development: are they two sides of the same coin? Investigating India’s two-pronged policy towards left wing extremism
AuthorsBasu, I.
Abstract

In this article, I investigate India's two-pronged policy approach, which combines security and development intervention to address the root cause and symptoms of left wing extremism. While the two policy sets are meant for two very distinct policy subjects – the angry extremist and the neglected poor – I argue that in renewing state legitimacy against internal dissent, development goals are made to coincide with traditional security concerns for state survival and stability. In this article, I unpack three representations of the problem of left wing extremism – as terrorism, as a parallel regime and as a ‘political disorder’ – in relation to the particular policy responses they each advocate. Through these three representational frames, the effects that the security imperative has on the idea and practice of development are uncovered.

KeywordsSecuritisation of Development Naxalites India
JournalContemporary South Asia
Journal citation19 (4), pp. 373-393
ISSN0958-4935
Year2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09584935.2010.537745
Web address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09584935.2010.537745
Publication dates
Published15 Dec 2011

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