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Title: Infrastructure Development In Manipur : A Study In Social Dynamics
Authors: Ziipao, Raile Rocky
Keywords: Thesis - Guwahati
Virginius Xaxa
Infrastructure Development - Manipur
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: There is a limited engagement by social scientists on the social and political dimensions of infrastructure development. This is much more so in the border and frontier region of South Asia. The current debates on infrastructure development by social scientists are on budgetary allocation, inter and intra regional variation, and deficit in infrastructural development. However, there is hardly any serious engagement of infrastructural development on a specific political context, social composition and people at the micro level. These posit a challenging task to ably disentangle the pattern and distribution of infrastructure within a specific region/state. This is much more so in a chronic conflict ridden state like Manipur. Research into the impacts of infrastructure development on ecosystems, communities and livelihoods are crucial in very sensitive social and political context that characterise Manipur state. This study critically analyses the dynamics of infrastructure development from a socio-anthropological and political perspective. The role of infrastructure in overall development of a country or region assumes a place of significant importance in landlocked states. This is much more so in a region like the Northeast and its states as they are not only landlocked but are also marked by hills and difficult geographical terrain. Manipur is not exception to this. The inadequacy of such basic infrastructure limits the movement of both goods and people especially in the hill areas. It addresses the challenges that accompany infrastructure development on the one hand and unevenness of infrastructure development between hills and valley and among different ethnic communities on the other hand. The study attempts to probe as to why infrastructure in tribal dominated hill districts remain poor in contrast to Meitei dominated districts where infrastructures tends to be far better developed. This unevenness of infrastructure development is not something new but has history for over last six decades. The main research question of this study is on economic and political processes that shape infrastructure development in the state. Following this, the objectives of the iv study has been to understand development policy, examine budget allocations for infrastructure development from 1950 to 2014, and analyse the structural constraints and social dynamics underlying the infrastructure development in tribal areas of Manipur with specific focus on road and power infrastructure. Ethnography as a methodology and political economy as theoretical framework has been adopted to address the objectives. The political economy as a framework for social analysis provides space to explore relationship between economics and politics in understanding policies, institutions and structures of governments, social unrest, development disparity, structural inequality and social hostility and unrest. Overall this study explores how power intersects in social and political processes of building infrastructure in frontier state like Manipur.
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