Sunday, 7 September 2014

Bangladesh Migrants- Divided Spaces

Bangladesh Migrants: A Threat to India by P. K. Mishra from Gyan Books.

Bangladesh Migrants: A Threat to India is an effortmade by depicting real problems faced in IndoBangladesh Border. The biggest problem India isfacing is on the country\'s economy and securitydue to continuous migration from Bangladeshfrom British period till today for various factors. The rising population, non-availability of land,unemployment including weak currency, floodsand cyclones, push Bangladeshis to India for abetter economic opportunity, good education andvarious Islamic interests. The large presence ofabout six crores of illegal Bangladeshi migrantshave posed maximum threat to India\'s security. India has failed to deal with the problem ofmigration which had involved political interests.

The author, in his book has suggested variousmeasures with a wealth of information which willopen the eyes of political leaders to understandthe gravity of demographic changes noticed inIndian Border States. The author was one of the first from the BSF tohave served as Addl.  Director General in aparamilitary force. He remained deployed withthe troops in the extreme border of Indo-Bangladesh from 1971 till 1990.As DIG BSF Nagaland and Manipur and then asIG Border Security Force Shillong, he wasresponsible for the security of Indo-Bangladeshborder in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya andcounter-insurgency operations in Nagaland andManipur. He supervised the border fencing andfloodlighting in the borders of Assam, Mizoram,Meghalaya and some Char islands in riverBrahmaputra and 185 kms. of Jammu sector ofIndia- Pakistan border.

He was decorated with thePolice Medal for meritorious service, thePresidents Police Medal for Distinguished Serviceand the Injury Medal. He led a commando group which killed thechief of Harkat-ul-Ansar named Abu Gazi (alias PirBawa) and chief of Al Faran, Matteen, operating inAnantnag was apprehended. Mateen was themastermind in abducting 13 foreign nationals inKashmir and killing them, the kingpin in the blastin Jammu parade ground and Jaipur Bus stand.He supervised deployment of BSF during theBodo and Bangladesh Muslim migrant\'s conflict inKokrajhar, Udalguri and Baksa in 2010. He was oneof the first batch of Special Protection GroupOfficers and had the distinction of supervising thesecurity of the Parliament of India as Director(Security) from 1991-1995, was instrumental insurrender and apprehension of few north eastKLNLF, UNLF, PLA and NSCNIM militants with theirarms.

In our Politics section, Rs. 910, in hardback, 304 pages, ISBN : 9788121212182

Divided Spaces: Discourse on Social Exclusion And Women In India by Durga P. Chhetri from Gyan Books.

Social exclusion has become one of the important themes in contemporary social policy debates in both the developed and developing countries. It has become central to policy and academic discourse in Western Europe, and increasingly in other parts of the globe. In India, the exclusion discourse is closely linked with a wide range of socio-economic inequality. The most rigorous form of exclusion is practiced by the institution of caste, followed by religion, ethnicity and gender. The contours of the exclusion perpetuated by these variables constantly change with the context, time and space. Many social groups in India have been experiencing some form of inequality or social exclusion. Across social groups, women face exclusion and discrimination in many areas of life, though their status varies significantly according to their social and ethnic backgrounds.

The history of civilisation shows that women were excluded from the public sphere. There are separate spaces for women and men. By tradition also, the public sphere is male domain and women have been confined to their homes (private sphere) and relegated to the background. Divided Spaces: Discourse on Social Exclusion and Women in India make a unique contribution to the literature on social exclusion and inclusion. This book explores several forms of social exclusion in the context of India and brings together leading scholars from several of the disciplines that have developed concepts of exclusion and various dimensions of exclusion/inclusion. It is hoped that this volume contributes to our understanding of the complexities of social exclusion and provide policymakers with guidance for corrective policies and social inclusion to combat the different forms of social exclusion.

This book is useful and essential reading for students and scholars of political science, sociology, anthropology, history and cultural studies. It will also strike sparks with those with a professional research interest in social exclusion/inclusion. About the Author Durga P Chhetri is Assistant Professor in Political Science at Southfield College, Darjeeling, West Bengal. He received M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Bengal. He has research interests in decentralisation, governance, rural development, gender studies, and social exclusion/inclusion. His publications include Decentralised Governance and Development in India (2012); Politics, Society and Development: Insights from Sikkim (co-edited with M. Yasin 2012); and Sikkim Chronicle (2010). He has also published several articles on the subject of social protection/security, gender equality, rural development, decentralisation, rural/urban and e-governance, capacity building and politics of inclusion in national and international journals.

In our Sociology section, Rs. 750, in hardback, 272 pages, ISBN : 9788121212250

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