South Asia is undoubtedly a human security deficit region. India too is no exception. This volume is an in-depth study on the human security situation in India. Despite some remarkable achievements in the socio-economic, political and scientific fields, India’s 1.5 billion people suffer from a deep sense of insecurity, marginalization, exclusion, shelterlessness, and violence. The thrust of the book is on understanding the human security situation and then exploring the journey ahead towards enhancement of human security in India. Additionally, the book discusses the issues of insecurity of the child and the abuse of child rights, problem of the refugees and the internally displaced persons, and issues of the disempowered women. The issues discussed have become much more crucial in the wake of globalization of the Indian economy. It seems that India did not give adequate attention to some of the basic issues of human security. Enhancing human security through the human development agenda perhaps, need to address the problem of existing structural as well as class inequality in India. The book argues in favor of enhancing human security through human development. The book is destined to become a major addition to the scholars and students of non-military security literature.
Monirul Hussain, Professor, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University, Assam, India. Prof. Hussain has been a Visiting Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His publications include: The Assam Movement: Class Ideology and Identity (1993), Religious Minorities in South Asia: Selected Essays on Postcolonial Situation (2001), Coming out of Violence: Essays on Ethnicity, Conflict Resolution and Peace Process in North East India (2005) and Encountering Development; State, Displacement and Popular Resistance in North East India (2007).