The Armed Forces Special Powers Act, introduced decades ago in India’s northeastern states and Kashmir to control militancy and turbulence, often has undemocratic side-effects. By the government’s own account, the situation in the northeast has improved. Why is the Act still in place, despite calls for a repeal?
DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR NORTH EAST STUDIES AND POLICY RESEARCH, JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA, NEW DELHI, INDIA
Professor Sanjoy Hazarika holds the Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, where he is also Director, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research. He has been a member of various academic organisations and official committees, including the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee to Review AFSPA, the Society of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, and the North East India Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Hazarika has worked as a newspaper correspondent, columnist and documentary filmmaker. His books include ‘Rites of Passage’, ‘Strangers of the Mist’, ‘Writing on the Wall’ and ‘The State Strikes Back: India and the Naga Insurgency’.
North-East India, Politics, Security
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