Conflict and Crisis, Hope and Healing in the Northeastern Region : Sanjoy Hazarika


Sanjoy Hazarika will sketch in broad strokes the enduring challenges before the Northeastern region of India with a focus on four sub-themes: conflict between small ethnic groups and the Indian State, the draconian use of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the prospects for peace at a time of extensive regional changes. In conclusion, he will look at how an innovative health initiative on the Brahmaputra launched by his organization a decade back has become an example of inclusive health care and best practices in an area of great beauty and culture that has, unfortunately, been better known for conflict. He is the Managing Trustee of C-NES (, which runs the boat clinic programme on the Brahmaputra, a unique innovation and initiative that reaches over 3 lakh people every year with health care. Since its launch in 2005, the 15 boat clinics have covered over 20 lakh cases from the poorest and most marginalized areas of Assam. He has been a member of various academic organisations and official committees, including the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee to Review AFSPA, the Society of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, and the North East India Studies Programme at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has also worked as a newspaper correspondent, columnist, and documentary filmmaker.