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  1. 1. This is a proposal sample for reference only 1. Project title Case Study of Conflict Resolution Initiatives in Jangalmahal (West Bengal) – A Success Story 2. Statement of the problem Maoists are known to have their presence in 21 States, which are collectively called the red corridor. Maoist cadre strength is estimated to be as much as 25000 and Maoist violence is reported to be seen in over 90 districts out of the 627 districts in the country. Jangalmahal, part of the red corridor, in West Bengal was one of the worst affected by anti-state violence by Maoist groups. However, in recent times, the authorities and the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) have been successful in bringing the situation under control. The red corridor regions are dangerous and sometimes out of bound but the situation are similar in each region. The Police forces deployed in these regions have to learn from their mistakes, due to lack of experience of working in such sensitive areas. Such mistakes can be detrimental sometimes. The authorities and Police forces deployed in these regions can learn from each other’s experiences. A specific case study, to investigate and evaluate the situation and the reasons for success in Jangalmahal, will provide invaluable lessons, which can be incorporated and adopted as a new approach to conflict resolution, future planning, operational practices,and as an illustrative case study during Police training. 3. Overview of literature The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) had conducted a study on Maoist violence throughout India in 2011. The study attempted at identifying the factors that led to development and growth of Maoist violence; to evaluate successful measure of various government in handling Maoist violence; and to understand the factors influencing public perception of Maoist violence. However, due to obvious challenges faced in carrying out such research, the scope of the study was large but the depth was limited. Further, not many specific case studies have been conducted in this area till date. Conducting detailed case studies to record the experiences of the local police forces, authorities, etc in these regions is an empirical step towards training the police forces in handling similar situations around the country. 4. The conceptual framework Qualitative research method, Case study, will be used to conduct an in-depth study of the success story in Jangalmahal. Case study is an excellent method to understand a complex issue as it highlights detailed contextual analysis of events and their mutual association. In absence of existing data, we can gather primary data. Table below lists
  2. 2. This is a proposal sample for reference only the steps to be used in our case study. These steps will allow us to carry out an empirical inquiry and investigation, which will then generate the required information, for us to be able to achieve our main objective of preparing a list of lessons learnt from the success in Jangalmahal. Steps Activity a. Defining research question(s) Establishing the main focus of the study and determining the purpose of the study. b. Data gathering Gathering the required data through primary and secondary research. c. Evaluate and analyse Collating all raw data and analysing them. d. Write a case study (including lessons learnt and inferences) Preparing a detailed case study to record the findings and providing inferences and conclusions. Table 1: Steps in a case study To be able to attain our main objective of exploring the reasons for the success of police in bringing order in Jangalmahal, the research must be in depth, for which the first hand information must be gathered. Keeping this in mind, we have to interview as many relevant source of information provider, irrespective of their origin – Police HQ, local people, Maoists in captivity or Maoist representatives(if feasible), NGOs in the area, etc. Please note that the responsibility to provide access to these sources of information will be of the Police HQ or other local authorities. 5. Research questions a. What are the specific factors (actions, initiatives and programmes) that have contributed to the success in Jangalmahal? b. What were the issues that remained unresolved or actions that did not yield expected results in Jangalmahal? c. What are the systemic features of the actions in Jangalmahal that can be replicated in other areas, where similar situations of conflict exist 6. Coverage Data will be gathered from primary and secondary sources. Primary data will be our main source of information due to unavailability of existing data on the topic. a. Primary data source Data collected through field research (e.g. the local police forces, authorities, NGOs, focus groups, people, Maoists, etc). b. Secondary data source Published accessible data from a variety of sources (e.g. internet, books, etc).
  3. 3. This is a proposal sample for reference only 7. Method of data collection A qualitative approach to data collection, through in-depth unstructured/semi- structured interview technique, will be used to collect primary (narrative) data. The benefits of this approach are that, it will provide us with rich information and a deeper insight. a. Individual interviews, where we ask open-ended questions b. Collecting testimonials c. Observations 8. Data Processing and analyses Data-processing and analysis in qualitative research is an ongoing process when a certain set of data are summarized, new questions may arise. Data processing Manual Using any of the available software a. Taking notes during interviews (audio/videorecordings /transcripts/verbatim recorded/summaries) b. Transcription and translation of tapes, etc will be done soon after data collection a. Atlas b. Ethnograph c. Kwalitan Table 2: Methods of data processing Data analyses Manual Using any of the available software a. Coding/indexing b. Categorisation c. Abstraction d. Comparison e. Dimensionalisation f. Integration g. Iteration h. Refutation i. Interpretation a. Atlas b. Ethnograph Table 3: Methods of data analyses Ideally, manual method is less time consuming and more effective in shorter research studies. The need for specialised software will be evaluated at the time of actual data processing and analyses, depending on the quantity of collected data. 9. Stage wise detailed time frame Work No. of days Preparatory work 1 Week Data collection 2 Weeks* Data processing 1 Week
  4. 4. This is a proposal sample for reference only Data analysis andReport writing 1 Week Total Time required 5 Weeks * Actual data collection time may vary according to the ground realities and facilitation provided by the stakeholders in the field (ie, local Police authorities, NGOs etc.) 10. Organization infrastructure available to be utilised for the head wise study Position Nos Qualifications Tasks 1. Chief Investigator 1 PhD, Education in Law / SW / Conflict Resolution / Public Admin Coordinating the project, analysing and reporting on data, accounts monitoring and final drafting of report. Contact point for the sponsors of the study. Research Assistant 2 Masters, Preferably experience in computation Field work, Data collection and feeding data for computation and preliminary drafting of report. 11. Cost estimation I. Personnel Position No. of pers. Salary (incl) per week (in Rs) Duration Amount (in Rs) Chief Investigator 01 20,000.00 5 Weeks 1,00,000.00 Research Assistant 02 7,000.00 5 Weeks 70,000.00 Sub Total (I) 1,70,000.00 II. Other Activity Amount (in Rs) Travel 75,000.00 Data processing 25,000.00 Stationary and printing (incl. final report) 50,000.00 Equipment 50,000.00 Books, journals, etc 75,000.00 Contingency expenses (including postage) 30,000.00 Any other (please specify) Overhead 25,000.00 Sub Total (II) 3,30,000.00 Grand total 5,00,000.00