Conflict Transformation and Mediation Training in North East India
In this, my first time in India since I spent part of a term here during post-graduate coursework 26 years ago, I am working in Assam with five tribal groups in conflict, part of a persistent pattern of apparently intractable violence.
NEI II: The Roots of Communal Violence
Images of power are played out in body sculptures – one man lying on the ground, a second with one foot placed on the belly of the first; a third man is stand on a chair, his hands on the shoulder of the second. How do you feel? Who are you?
We’re tribals; we’re the one on the floor. The one in the middle started the conflict and is pressured by the one above even as he puts pressure on the one below. At the top are local and regional powers, including ‘third parties’, still willing to do the work of Empire, whether British or, as now, the invading, imperial, Aryan forces of Delhi, his hand on the ‘middle man’s’ shoulder, ordering, controlling the locals by proxy. ‘Where does the real power exist?’ The one on top is not necessarily the most comfortable. The face changes but the structure remains the same. The one in the middle has his eye on a movement upwards. As for the one on the bottom, it is on his body, his consent, that the whole structure is supported. If he decides that this position is no longer in his interest and he moves, rolls out from underneath that foot, what happens?’
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