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Rhetorics of InsecurityBelonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era$
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Zeynep Gambetti and Marcial Godoy-Anativia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708439

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708439.001.0001

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Public-Private Partnerships in the Industry of Insecurity

Public-Private Partnerships in the Industry of Insecurity

(p.153) Chapter Six Public-Private Partnerships in the Industry of Insecurity
Rhetorics of Insecurity

Nandini Sundar

NYU Press

This chapter examines the phenomena of “public–private partnerships” in the discourses and practices of the contemporary Indian state. These partnerships involve the use of individuals or private groups to enact the violence of the state against vulnerable groups (such as Muslims, dalits or former “untouchables,” and adivasis or indigenous people) whom it cannot legitimately kill while maintaining its universalist discourse, or to engage in forms of battle that it cannot lawfully engage in itself (such as death squads and private militias). It is argued that the Indian state has developed an extensive inventory of practices in which impunity is guaranteed to both state and nonstate actors. These practices have acquired a new ideological resonance under neoliberalism, where the state's self-justifying monopoly over violence gives way to an openly declared “partnership and participation” with a range of groups to whom violence is outsourced.

Keywords:   public–private partnerships, India, violence, Indian state, neoliberalism

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