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After 20 years of violence in Mizoram, a Peace Accord concluded in 1986 and the creation of a full-fledged state provided the base for a long-term successful settlement. Margaret Ch. Zama and C. Lalawmpuia Vanchiau have reviewed publications on Mizo history over the last five decades, with a specific focus on the era of turmoil year from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The Government of India signed a framework agreement with Northeast India’s largest insurgent group, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), on 3rd August 2015. A conference report edited by Aarushi Prakash and Chok Tsering reviews the situation in Nagaland.

As “Look East, Act East” is promoted as India’s official policy towards Myanmar, the Institute of Social Sciences and Burma Centre Delhi with the support by HBF undertook a review of relations, with a particular perspective on the joint border regions.

Women played an important role as combatants in the armed conflict in the Indian Northeastern state of Assam. Based on interviews with participants, a study by Roshmi Goswami looks at how gender roles evolved in the insurgency.

Myanmar is India's gateway to Southeast Asia and as such a key stakeholder in India's Look East Policy. Heinrich Boell Stiftung, in cooperation with the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) and Burma Centre Delhi invited experts to share their views on transboundary issues between India and Myanmar at a conference in Delhi in August 2014. The inputs have been assembled in a conference report.
Since a few years, urban middle-class based protest movements – against corruption and against rape – have emerged in India. A new study by Richa Singh revisits the dynamics of these movements and looks at their role in the sudden rise of India’s party of popular protest, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

There are several hundred prisoners caught in the crossfire between India and Pakistan. Fishermen from both countries are regularly arrested and their boats seized in the small area of water that is disputed territory between India and Pakistan, known as the Sir Creek. This publication documents the efforts to resolve the issues as part of a larger agenda to establish sustainable economic cooperation between the two countries.

Perceptions and Policy Strategies of Women Parliamentarians The present study by Andrea Fleschenberg shows that in national and international debates about the transition process in Afghanistan women’s voices are seldom present, or taken into consideration.

In India, there have been some controversial Fatwas like the one against Taslima Nasreen, exiled Bangladeshi writer. This project covers an extensive assessment of various Fatwas against Muslim women and highlights whether these Fatwas are in congruence with the Quran.

The stories of women and their families who have suffered silently in the decades of conflict between insurgents and Indian security forces - and between the idea of India and those who sought political and cultural spaces outside of it – come alive in ‘Bearing Witness: A Report on the Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam’.

Politics can only succeed when it is inclusive of all genders. Gender justice is an ambitious goal, one that the Heinrich Böll Foundation is pursuing together with many different allies worldwide. This publication gives an overview of their work

This volume is the outcome of a study organised jointly by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBS) India and the Centre for Public Affairs (CPA) before the 15th general elections to the Lok Sabha. The project attempted to gauge the emerging political trends that may influence the politics of the country.

The strategies of international security policy have significantly changed since the end of the Cold War, as have the challenges posed by international terrorism and the increase of global inequality. In this publication the Gunda Werner Institute in the Heinrich Böll Foundation presents a detailed position paper to contribute to the international debate on peace and security policy.

The book, a result of a conference, is a kaleidoscope of richly textured and well thought-out positions, highlighting, in a structured way, political, legal, historical, philosophical, gendered and psycho-social aspects of the situation in the Northeast region of India. The papers are grouped in three main categories, namely: the role of the state and non-state actors in the politics of the Northeast; the shifting paradigms of identity and community in the borderlands; and the variable of perception in the calculation of peace.

This publication is designed to provide a differentiated view of Pakistan’s complex political processes and social challenges to a broad international audience. Authors from a variety of disciplines present their analyses of Pakistan’s deficits and shortcomings, as well as their ideas and visions for a more democratic and peaceful future.

Although women from almost 50% of the country’s population, their representation in the Parliament and State Legislatures has been depressingly low even after sixty years of Independence. So is the case with Maharashtra, one of the states in the forefront of Indian politics since the days of freedom struggle. The aim of the project is to study the status of political participation of women in Maharashtra and ascertain the reasons for the inability of the State’s women to enter the legislative Assembly in more numbers than at present. The inquiry also proposes to look into the present status of the All Women parties that were launched earlier. The study also touches on the socio-economic background of some of the women who could make it to the Assembly in the past and what criteria are followed by the political parties in selecting their women candidates.

The purpose of the study is not to give credence to the ‘water war’ thesis. Indeed wars continue to be fought over oil and not water. The study is located in the understanding that peace is not simply the absence of war but a value grounded in issues of human security and collective well being of the region