Geopolitical Imperatives in the Eastern Himalayas: Situating the Hills of Darjeeling
Biswanath Saha and
Millennial Asia, 2021, vol. 12, issue 1, 76-96
Scholarly discourses involving the peripheral regions often look through the binary lenses of â€˜identityâ€™ and â€˜developmentâ€™, which are then ascribed as the root causes, leading to the emergence of political movements in these regions. Analogies emanating from such visions entrapped solely on development deficit fall short in dealing with the interplay and intersections of history, geography and politics related to such regions. The analysis concerning the Gorkhaland Movement also seems to be trapped within such an explanatory binary of â€˜identityâ€™ and â€˜developmentâ€™. This article attempts to situate the hills of Darjeeling, where the movement is located, into a less discussed framework of geopolitics that not only politicizes the geographies of the Eastern Himalayas but also historicizes the communities and their aspirations as a response to the manoeuvrings by the concerned states. Within such a framework, we shall also discuss how the colonial geopolitics of migration, henceforth, has been succinctly carried forward by the post-colonial state in shaping its notions related to the hills of Darjeeling.
Keywords: Geopolitics; ethnicity; migration; Darjeeling Hills; Eastern Himalayas (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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