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India-China Borderlands: Conversations Beyond the Centre

by Nimmi Kurian SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 196 pages
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The India and ndash;China borderlands have remained largely in a freeze frame, awaiting a new political imagination that has been a long time coming. This book offers a critical comparative analysis of India and ndash;China relations at the subregional level, an analytical level that remains an understudied aspect in both research and policy.The study situates their evolving dynamics within the rubric of the massive state-led developmental thrust that India and rsquo;s Northeast and China and rsquo;s western border regions are currently witnessing. By and large, India and China and rsquo;s parallel moves in the subregion have tended to be studied as isolated cases with little attempt at comparison. This has been a curious omission at a time when processes of subregional integration are rescaling India and China and call for the need to disaggregate our understanding beyond solely national frames of reference. This book critically interrogates the capacity of this discourse to introduce a borderlands perspective as an analytical category in its own right instead of remaining as a mere tangential dimension of India and ndash;China relations.

List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Fences and Frames: Narrativising the Borderlands
B/Ordering Spaces: Governing Multi-ethnic Borderlands
Barriers to Bridges: Geoeconomic Text, Geopolitical Subtext
Competing or Compatible? Interrogating India-China Subregional Visions
Fugitive Frames: Rewriting Research Peripheries

Nimmi Kurian is Associate Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India. She is also India Representative of the India China Institute (ICI), The New School, New York. Her research interests include border studies, comparative regionalism and transboundary water governance. As an ICI Fellow (2008a2010), her study critically compared the accountability debates in India and China. She has been part of the BCIM Forum (Kunming Initiative) since 1999, an international Track-II initiative to create a bottom-up, inclusive approach to subregional development.