Prof. H. Srikanth

Political Science Department

Designation: Professor

Qualifications:

MA (Political Science), M. Phil, Ph.D. (University of Hyderabad)

Areas of Interest / Specialization:

Political Theory, Political Economy, Ethnicity, Indigenous and Border Studies

Experience:

25 years of teaching and 4 years of post-doctoral research experience

Academic Affiliations

  • Member of Indian Academy of Social Sciences,
  • Indian Association of Canadian Studies

Awards

  • State level Merit Scholarship    
  • UGC-Associateship 1994
  • Shastri-Indo-Canadian Faculty Research Fellowship – 2005
  • Associateship at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, 2009-2011

Ph Ds Awarded / Submitted

Four Ph.Ds awarded. One submitted. Five working under my supervision

  • Awarded:
    1. S. Thianlalmuan Ngaihte (2011) “Role of Paite Elites in the Construction of Paite and Zomi Identities in Manipur”
    2. Seikhogin Haokip (2017) “Kuki Militant Movement in Manipur: A Study of Kuki National Organization.
    3. Kaba Daniel (2018) “Politics of Boundary Making and Maintenance: A Study of Poumai Naga”.
    4. Iaribhalang Rymbai (2019) “Political Economy of Coal Mining in Jaintia Hills”.
  • Submitted:
    1. Mhonthung Yanthan (2019): “Political Attitudes and Political Participation of Students in Nagaland”

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member of the Expert Committee for evaluation of the research proposals of ICSSR's IMPRESS programmme in 2019.  
    Editor of The NEHU Journal from 2013 – 2018
  • UGC-SAP Coordinator (in-charge) for UGC-DRS Phase I (2013-14)
  • UGC-SAP Coordinator for UGC-DRS Phase II (2015- till date)
  • Head, Department of Political Science (Since December 2018)
  • Member of Academic Council and other Academic bodies NEHU
  • Member of different committees of the department and the University
  • Member of the Evaluation Committee of Academic Proposals for Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi from 2011-2017.
  • Member of UGC Expert Committee for selection of candidates for Ishaan Uday Scholarship in 2014?15.  
  • Nominated as observer for ICSSR sponsored 10 Days Workshop on Research Metho-dology, organized in Tripura University, Agartala from March 21 to March 30, 2015.  
  • Member of UGC Expert Committee for selection and evaluation of Major Research Projects in Political Science and Public Administration, which met on 23rd September, 2014 in the UGC Office in Delhi.
  • Member of subject expert for evaluation of UGC Minor Research Projects in Political Science, at UGC Regional Office, Kolkata on January 23, 2014.
  • Member of the Expert Syllabus Committee for devising post-graduate course on Indigenous Studies in Jharkhand University, 2011. 

Research Projects

  1. ‘Fencing `the Indo-Myanmar Border: Problems and Perceptions of the Kukis in Moreh and Tamu’, A major project sponsored by ASEAN Studies Centre, Submitted in 2018. (As Deputy Project Director)
  2. ‘Implementation of Border Area Development Program (BADP) in Garo Hills, Meghalaya’, A minor project sponsored by ICSSR-NERC, Submitted in 2019. 

Publications

Books / Edited Volumes

  1. Indigenous Peoples in Liberal Democratic States: Conflict and Reconciliation in Canada and India, Bauu Institute, Boulder, 2010. ISBN: 13: 978-0-9820467-4-6. (International)
  2. Co-edited (First Editor) with Borgohain, R., Ethnicity and Political Economy in Northeast India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2016. ISBN-10: 8186307915
  3. Co-edited (First editor), Vision for Meghalaya: On and Beyond Inner Line Permit, ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, 2014. ISBN: 9789351566274

Journal Articles

  1. “Combating Transnational Crimes in the Era of Globalization: Strategies for India and the ASEAN”, International Studies, Vol. 54, No. 2, 2017, pp 1-14.
  2. “Interrogating the Studies on Regionalism in Northeast India’, Northeast Researches, Vol. 7, No. 1., 2017. 
  3. “Look East Policy, Sub-regional Connectivity Projects and Northeast India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LI, No. 47, 2016, pp. 45-51.
  4. ‘State, Ethnicity and Nation Building in South Asia, Man and Society: A Journal of Northeast Studies, Vol. XIII, Winter 2016, pp. 7-32.
  5. ‘Security and Development of Border Areas: Management of Meghalaya Border with Bangladesh’, Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. LXII, No. 2., 2016, pp. 593-605.
  6. “Ethnic Militancy in Assam: Whom to Blame?”, Economic and Political Weekly, L (5), 2015, pp. 17-19.
  7. “Between Balance and Bias: In Defence of Telangana”, Economic and Political Weekly. XLIX (33), 2014, pp. 32-34. 
  8. “Who in North-east India are Indigenous?”, Economic and Political Weekly, XLIX, No. 20, 2014, pp. 41-46.
  9. “Student Organizations and Social Movements in North-East India”, Man and Society: A Journal of North-East Studies.  XI (Winter), 2014, pp. 30-41.
  10. “Construction and Maintenance of Ethnic Boundaries”, Man and Society: A Journal of North-East Studies, Vol. XI, Summer, 2014, pp. 34-48.
  11. Book Review of Gorky Chakraborty’s book, Assam’s Hinterland: Society and Economy in the Char Areas, in Northeast Researches, Vol. II, No. 1, 2012, pp. 117-121.
  12.  “The Sino-Indian Border Dispute: Overcoming Nationalist Myopia’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII, No. 39, 2012, pp. 38-41.
  13. “Multiculturalism and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII, No. 23, June 9, 2012, pp. 17-21 .
  14.  “New Social Forces and Changing Land Relations among the Khasis in Meghalaya”, Man and Society: A Journal of Northeast Studies, Vol. III, Winter 2011, pp. 27-39.
  15.  “United Andhra or Separate Telangana?”, The Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol. LXXII, No. 3, July-Sept, 2011, 781-790.
  16. “Native Indians Quest for Self-government in Canada”, Indian Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. XIV, 2011, pp. 64-83.
  17. “Understanding Governance in the context of North-East India”, Northeast Researches, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010, pp. 92-106.
  18. “British Colonialism and the Hill Tribes of Composite Assam”, Man and Society; A Journal of North East Studies, Vol. III, Spring 2006, pp. 79-116
  19. “Challenges and Predicaments of Naga Nationalism”, Eastern Quarterly, Vol. 3, Issue IV, January-March 2006, pp. 262-274 (with C.J. Thomas).
  20. “Naga Resistance Movement and the Peace Process in North East India”, Peace and Democracy in South Asia, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 56-86.
  21. “Discourses on Rights and India’s Northeast”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2005, pp. 335-336.
  22. Reviewed T.K. Oommen’s book, Development Discourse: Issues and Concerns,  in  Man and Society: A Journal of North East Studies, Vol. II, Spring 2005, pp. 127-133
  23. “Prospects of Liberal Democracy in Meghalaya: A Study of Civil Society’s Response to KSU-Led Agitation”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XL, No. 32, 2005, pp. 3987-3993
  24. “Identity Politics and its Conservative Critics”, Economic and Political Weekly, July 14, 2003
  25. “Persisting Questions”, Economic and Political Weekly, August 10-16, 2002 (with Sajal Nag)
  26. “Recruitment of Teachers in Universities: A Proposal”, Economic and Political Weekly, September 8, 2001
  27. “No Shortcuts to Dalit Liberation”, Economic and Political Weekly, March 25, 2000
  28.  “Homogenisation and Disintegration: A Study of Northeast India”, Journal of Assam University, Vol. V (I), 2000
  29. “State, Civil Society and Human Rights’ Violations in Assam”, New Quest, No. 142, October-December 2000 
  30. “Militancy and Identity Politics in Assam”, Economic and Political Weekly, November 24, 2000
  31. “Communalising Assam: AGP’s Loss is BJP’s Gain”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXIV, No. 49, December 4-10, 1999
  32. “Marxism, Radical Feminism and Homosexuality”, Economic and Political Weekly, November 8, 1997
  33. “Natural is not always Rational”, Economic and Political Weekly, April 13, 1996
  34. “Implementation of Basic Services Programme: A Case Study of Andhra Pradesh”, Nagarlok, Vol. XXVII, No.2, April-June 1996 (Fifteen Points)
  35. “Is India Still Semi-feudal?”, Society and Change, Vol. IX, No.1, 1994
  36. “State, NGOs and Urban Community Development”, Social Action, Vol.46, No.1, January- March 1996
  37. “Secularism versus Pseudo-secularism: An Indian Debate”, Social Action, Vol. XVII, January- March 1994.
  38. “Militarisation of Indian Economy”, Bharatiya Samajik Chintan, Vol.XVI, No. 1-4, 1993
  39. “Nationality Question in India”, Teaching Politics, Vol.XVII, No.3&4, 1991
  40. “Nature of the Indian State”, Teaching Politics, Vol.XIV, No.1, 1988
  41. “Politics of Education and Employment in Bhutan”, South Asian Studies, Vol.22, No.1, January – June 1987

Book Chapters

  1. “Challenges and Predicaments of Naga Nationalism”, in Bhagat Oinam, Dhiren Sadopkam eds., Northeast India: A Reader, Routledge, 2018, pp. (Joint paper, author the first author)
  2. “Dalit Movement for Social Justice: Politics of Accommodation in Telugu Region in India”, in C. Joshua Thomas & Padmakshi Kakoti, Towards Social Justice, Pentagon Press, 2018, pp. 101-119.
  3. “Status of Research in Politics in Northeast India”, in L.S. Gassah, C.J. Thomas, eds., Constraints and Challenges to Social Science Research in Northeast India, Regency Publications, 2017, pp. 49-54.
  4. “Liberalization and States’ Quest for Trade and Foreign Investments: Status of North-Eastern States”, in Ujjwal Kanti Paul, Gurudas Das, C. Joshua Thomas (Eds.), ASEAN Calling: Development of India`s North-East through Sub-regional Cooperation, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2016.
  5. “Indian-ASEAN Economic Integration: Need to Address Social and Political   Concerns, in C. Joshua Thomas and K. Sarda eds.  Act East and India’s Northeast, Pentagon Press, 2017, pp. 93-97.
  6. “Agrarian Relations in Khasi Villages: A Study of Select Villages in West Khasi Hills”, in Srikanth H, Borgohain, R. (2016), Ethnicity and Political Economy in Northeast India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati: Chapter 7, p. 146-162.
  7. “Ethnic Politics and Capitalist Development in Urban Space: Experience of Hyderabad and Shillong”, in Saji Verghese ed., Culture, Identity and Development: The Global and the Local in Northeast India, Abhijeet Publications, New Delhi, 2015, pp. 179-199.
  8. “Political Autonomy and Economic Development of Indigenous Peoples: A Comparative Study of North-East India and British Columbia”, in A.S. Narang ed., State, Society and Economy in the Twenty-First Century, Canada-India Perspectives, Manohar, 2009, pp. 321-332.
  9. Foreword to the book of S. Thianlalmuan Ngaihte, Elite, Identity and Politics in Manipur, Mittal Publications, New Dellhi, 2013.
  10. “Roots of Insurgency” in J.B. Bhattacharjee ed., Roots of Insurgency in Northeast India, Akansha Publications, New Delhi, 2006, pp. 37-46
  11. “Social Science – A Distinct Science”, J.B. Bhattacharjee ed., Is Social Science a Science?, Akansha Publications, New Delhi, 2005, pp. 103-115.
  12. “Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency: Agenda for Peace in India’s Northeast”, in C. Joshua Thomas ed., Polity and Economy: Agenda for India’s Northeast, Regency Publications, New Delhi, 2005
  13. “Resolving Ethnic Conflicts in Northeast: Need for Radical Civil Forums”, in Girin Phukon ed., Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Northeast India, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2005
  14. “Understanding Ethnic Conflicts in Northeast India”, in Girin Phukon ed., Ethnicity and Polity in South Asia, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2002
  15. “Limits of National Identities: A Study of Identity Politics in the Northeast India”, in Girin Phukon ed., Political Dynamics of Northeast India, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2000, pp. 60-72
  16. “Liberalization and Development of India’s Northeast: Learning from Experience”, in Gurudas and R.K.Purkayastha ed., Liberalization and India’s Northeast, Commonwealth Publishers, New Delhi, 1998
  17. “Industrial Development in India”, in K.Mahadevan, Chi-Hsian Tuan et.al., Society and Development in China and India, B.R. Publishing Corporation, Delhi, 1995

Papers Presented in Seminars and Conferences (Between 2009-2019)

  1. Presented a paper, “Representation of Terror in Hollywood Movies”, in international seminar on “Narratives of Terror and Violence in South Asia”, organized by Department of English, NEHU, Shillong on November 16-18, 2017.
  2. Presented a paper titled, “Countering Transnational Crimes: Need for a Comprehensive and Humane Approach “, in 4th Roundtable of ASEAN Indian Network of Think Tanks (AINTT) to be held at Kuala Lumpur on 7th and 8th of August, 2015.
  3. Presented a paper titled, “Interrogating the Look East Policy”, in the International Conference on Look East Policy and Northeast India, organized by OKD, Guwahati on September 25-26, 2015.
  4. Presented a paper, “Humour in Times of Demonetization”, in National Seminar on Demonetization and Digitization of Indian Economy, organized by Department of Commerce, NEHU, Shillong on November 27-28, 2017. 
  5. Presented a paper, “Critique of Dalit Movement in Telugu States”, in national seminar on Towards Social Justice: Impact of Positive Discrimination on Marginalized Communities with special reference to Scheduled Caste Groups of India, organized by ICSSR-NERC on 21-22, September 2017.
  6. Presented a paper, “Building Bridges Across Communities: Thinking out of the Box” in National Seminar on ‘Conflict Transformation and  Dharma of Peace Building: Contemporary Relevance in North-East India’ organized by Lady Keane College, Shillong on May 16-17, 2017.
  7. Presented a paper, “What Democracy and What Development?: Theory and Practice”, in UGC-SAP National Seminar, Democracy and Development in the Context of North-East India, organized by Department of Political Science on March 17-18, 2016.
  8. Presented a paper titled, “Countering Transnational Crimes: Need for a Comprehensive and Humane Approach “, in 4th Roundtable of ASEAN Indian Network of Think Tanks (AINTT) to be held at Kuala Lumpur on 7th and 8th of August, 2015.
  9. Presented a paper titled, “Interrogating the Look East Policy”, in the International Conference on Look East Policy and Northeast India, organized by OKD, Guwahati on September 25-26, 2015.
  10. Presented a paper on Status of Political Science Research on Northeast India. UGC-SAP National Symposium on the theme, “Social Science Research on Northeast India: Practices, Problems and Prospects” held on 21-22 March, 2014.
  11. Presented a paper titled, “Who in the Northeast is/is not Indigenous?” at a National Seminar on Interrogating Indigeneity, Citizenship and the State: Perspectives from India’s North-East, Tezpur University, Tezpur, March 7-8, 2013.
  12. Presented a paper on Ethnic Processes in Urban Space: A Tale of Two Cities. International seminar on “Ethnicity and Globalization” organized by Lady Kean College, Shillong on 4th December, 2013.
  13. Presented a paper titled, “Dilemmas of Development in Hill States of Northeast India”, Presented to National Seminar on Development, Conflicts and Democratic Governance: India’s Experience in the North East, organized at ICSSR-NERC, on June 10-12, 2011 at Shillong.
  14. Presented a paper titled, “United Andhra or Separate Telangana?: Politics of Regionalism in Andhra Pradesh”, Paper presented to National Seminar on Politics of Regionalism in Northeast India, organized by Government T. Romana College, June 16-17, 2011 at Aizawl.
  15. Presented a paper titled “Social Forces and Changing Land Relations in Khasi Hills”, Presented in Associates Seminars, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, on July 22, 2011.  

Any Other

Invited Lectures and Chairing of Academic Sessions / Seminars / Conferences

  • Invited as a panelist on Changing Contexts of India-China Relations: Insights and Lessons from Crises Pathways and Imperatives in Stability and Convergence, organized by ASEAN Studies Center, Shillong on 11th September, 2017.
  • Invited to deliver four lectures on Academic Writing in the Regional Workshop on Research Methodology for Research Scholars and Young Lecturers, organized by ICSSR-NERC on December 11, 2017.
  • Delivered Valedictory Address in the national seminar on ‘Ethnicity and Nation Building in South Asia’, organized by Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Allahabad University on 30th April, 2018.
  • Invited to deliver talk on “Dalit Question in India”, in the Orientation Course, organized by UGC Human Resource Development Centre, NEHU, Shillong on February 17, 2016.
  • Invited to deliver five lectures on Academic Writing from March 21-23, 2016, in Research Methodology Course organized by ICSSR-NERC, Shillong.
  • Invited to be a panelist in the Brain Storming Session held during the Inauguration of the ASEAN Studies Center on 8th August, 2016.
  • Delivered Keynote Address in the Inauguration of 10 Days-Workshop on on  Research Methodology” in Tripura University, Agartala, on 21st March, 2015. 
  • Invited to deliver a talk on “Dalit Question in India”, in Orientation Programme (General) Organized by Academic Staff College, NEHU, on November, 2014.
  • Invited to delivere a lecture on “Caste System in India”, in Orientation Programme (General) organized by Academic Staff College, NEHU, on February 13, 2014.
  • Invited to lecture on “Marxism and Social Science Research’ in ICSSR-NERC sponsored course on Research Methodology in Social Sciences, February 14, 2013.
  • Invited to deliver a talk on “Fighting Corruption”, in Orientation Programme (General) organized by Academic Staff college, NEHU, on 29th April, 2013.
  • Invited to deliver two lectures on “Resource Mobilization theory of Social Movements” in Refresher course in Commerce, organized by Academic Staff College, NEHU, on November 26, 2013.
  • Chaired a session in international seminar on “Ethnicity and Globalization” organized by Lady Keane College, Shillong on 5th December, 2013.
  • Chaired a session in National Seminar on “Democracy and Development in India’s Northeast: Challenges and Opportunities”, organized by ICSSR-NERC on 6th December, 2013.
  • Invited to deliver a lecture on “Feminist Methodologies”, in “Research Methodology in Social Sciences” course, organized by ICSSR-NERC in Shillong on 8th November, 2013.
  • Participated and delivered a lecture in a Round Table on Research Writing in Universities, organized by EPW and TISS in collaboration with University of Hyderabad, in Hyderabad on November 25-27, 2011.
  • Invited to deliver a talk in in the Valedictory Session of the International Seminar on From Land locked to Land Linked: BIMSTEC in Northeast India, Organized by JAIR in NEHU, Shillong, April 10, 2010.
  • Invited to Deliver one lecture on Civil Society, in Young Social Scientists Meet, organized by ICSSR-NERC on March 8-10, 2010.
  • Invited to deliver a lecture in the ICSSR-NERC Regional Workshop on Research Methodology in Social Sciences, organized by ICSSR-NERC on October 12-16, 2009.
  • Invited to deliver three lectures in Advanced Course in Political Science under ICSSR School for Doctoral Scholars organized at ICSSR-NERC, Shillong from November 23 to December 2, 2009.

Organization of Seminars

  • *Coordinated Seminar on Problems of Higher Education in India, organized by NEHUTA in 2010.
  • *Regional Coordinator of the International Seminar organized on From Landlocked to Land Linked, organized by MEA and JAIR in NEHU on 9-10 April, 2010.
  • *Organized a brainstorming session on the theme, “Vision for Democratic and Progressive Meghalaya: On and Beyond the Inner Line Permit”, on behalf of Department of Political Science, in collaboration with ICSSR-NERC on November 27, 2013.
  • *Coordinated UGC-SAP National Symposium on the theme, “Social Science Research on Northeast India: Practices, Problems and Prospects”, organized by the department on 21-22 March, 2014.