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Whetstone Publications

       SDRC has under its purview a publication wing that publishes books under the imprint “Whetstone Publications”. The publication wing aims at publishing research-related works on a wide spectrum of disciplines. 

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     This book contains an ethnographic account of Thipüzu village under Phek district of the state of Nagaland, India. Thipüzu has its own distinctive cultural heritage with regard to beliefs, traditions, governance, superstitions, arts and crafts, dance and music, legends and myths, etc; it is indeed a world of its own. It is in taking pleasure in the fascination of the past and the concern for the fast fleeting culture that have elicited and inspired this ethnographic monograph.

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Sustainable development is the central theme of our age and is presented as a pathway towards that which is good and desirable for society. Many economic activities, in particular those related to crop, livestock farming, forestry, and fisheries, concentrate on biodiversity. Biodiversity and ecosystems feature prominently across many of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets. They contribute directly to human well-being and development priorities. Biodiversity and ecosystem services that support human lives and livelihoods continue to be degraded and lost at an alarming rate despite their important roles in sustainable development. In the context of this development, it is anticipated that this book will provide an overview of sustainable development and the value of biodiversity, as well as highlight some of the advances made with regard to biodiversity and its role in creating a sustainable future.

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Indo-Naga political conflict is the longest-running political conflict in Southeast Asia in the post-colonial era. Despite the series of political talks and the signing of repeated time-bound ceasefire agreements between the two parties, even to the extent of involving foreign broker in one of such talks, during the last seven decades, to resolve the protracted conflict, the solution has been elusive. The peace talks of the negotiating parties remain deadlocked in the process of working out an honorable solution acceptable to the Nagas as well as India. In fact, Nagas are the only ethnic group so far with which India signed the most number of political agreements which altogether, unfortunately, failed to achieve the desired goal.

The book discusses the genesis and nature of the evolution of the conflict from colonial times to date and systematically analyses its historical trajectory. The saga of the Naga national movement, since the time of conceptualization of Naga nationhood in the colonial period and mainly characterized by internecine armed conflicts between India and Nagas, is examined with a view to conducting an objective inquiry into how and why the conflict has eventually led to an unresolvable one. Rather the movement has ramified, influencing other ethnic groups in India’s Northeast to follow the similar path of armed struggle against India, some for demand for homeland and some others for secession from India to become a sovereign country. Finally, the book analyses imbroglios of the peace process in the post-Framework Agreement, 2015, and hence highlight the possible direction in which the peace talk is heading to.

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