The attempt of this paper is to look at some of the dynamics of existing poverty in North Eastern region of India using Assam as a case study - a region today known for its ethnicity as well as continuing conflict.
This paper concludes with the statement that poverty in Assam has its root in the abnormal growth of population which, ,is again not a natural growth but due to continuous influx of migrants that is putting tremendous pressure on land: man ratio. But the hypotheses that this competition for natural resources, economic opportunities and even cultural identity is the reason behind recurring economic, social and ethnic conflicts is what makes for an extremely relevant and further study- of a probable relation between persisting poverty and recurring conflict. This paper suffers from terrible time and resource constraints. Given an opportunity, it would be anyone's interest to scientifically analyse the relationship, if any, between poverty and conflict in Assam or North East, for that matter.
Development in Conflict Situation: A case of Assam presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 24 pp.