Development, Security and the ‘State’ of Conflict

PANEL DISCUSSION

A panel discussion on Development, Security and the ‘State’ of Conflict: ‘Mother’ India’s Maoist ‘Children’ was held on 15 December 2016 at CSDS. The panelists included Dilip Simeon, Savyasaachi, Abhay Kumar Dubey and Swati Parashar. It is increasingly being argued that development is now completely securitised or that development is simply a technology of security wherein ‘it’ (development) does not work to minimize the gap between the rich and poor but to police it, maintain it and to govern people through policies.

It is increasingly being argued that development is now completely securitised or that development is simply a technology of security wherein ‘it’ (development) does not work to minimize the gap between the rich and poor but to police it, maintain it and to govern people through policies. This relationship between security and development is being presented as enduring and essential especially in State responses to violent resistance by the Maoists in India. Increasingly, development policies are crafted as a tool of ‘doing’ security more than alleviating the conditions of the people. However, this security-development nexus remains largely unproblematised in scholarly and policy interventions. This panel debates the problems within the two terms and their convergence; the ‘policing through development’, how it sustains the idea of the ‘other’ and keeps the conflict thriving.

Panelists:

Dilip Simeon
Labour Historian, Author and Public Intellectual, New Delhi.

Savyasaachi
Professor, Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Abhay Kumar Dubey
Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Swati Parashar
Visiting Fellow, CSDS, Delhi; Monash University, Australia.

Thursday, 15 December 2016
4.30 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi