Wasbir Hussain is a political commentator and strategic analyst whose core area of work includes writings and speaking on issues of peace, security and development in northeastern India and its immediate neighbourhood. One of the founders of the research and policy think tank, the Centre for Development and Peace Studies,he is currently its Executive Director. Hussain was twice nominated Member of India’s National Security Advisory Board(2006–2008 and 2010–2012).Hussain is Consulting Editor ofTimes Now TV,one of India’s best known English news channels, and hosts a popular weekly English talk show ‘Talk Time with Wasbir Hussain’ on News Live, the largest news channel in Northeast India.
Beginning his career as a journalist in 1984, Hussain covered Northeast India, Bangladesh and Bhutan for major Indian newspapers and journals, including The Hindu, The Telegraph,The Asian Age, India Today Group Online, and Outlook. He was also Editor of The Northeast Daily, an English daily from Guwahati, and was Consulting Editor of The Sentinel, a premier English daily from Assam. In 1996, Hussain received the Sanskriti Foundation National Award for excellence in journalism.
Hussain currently writes regularly for The Asian Age, The Associated Press, EiSamay (a Bengali language daily of the Times of India group) and others. Besides, his writings on security issues concerning India’s Northeast and its surrounding foreign neighbours appear regularly in strategic affairs think tanks and journals.
His major research work has been on the issues of insurgency and trans-national insurgency in Northeast India, comparative study of ethnic insurrections in Northeast India and the Maoist rebellion in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, the problem of illegal migration and demographic ‘invasion’ in Northeast India, ethno-nationalism, and India’s Act East Policy. He has also been looking closely on strategic and political developments in Myanmar and China and has been writing opinion pieces on these issues.
Some of the books Hussain has authored or edited touches on issues of communal harmony and has succeeded in highlighting the devastating impact of violence and insurgency. His books include:
Homemakers Without The Men: Assam’s Widows Of Violence(Indialog Publications, New Delhi, 2006),
Child Victims of Ethnic Violence (Bulwark Books & Institute for Conflict management, New Delhi, 2004),
Order in Chaos: Essays on Conflict in India’s Northeast and the Road to Peace in South Asia (Spectrum Publications, Guwahati / New Delhi, 2006),
Positive in Rhino Land:Battle against HIV/AIDS in Assam(Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2008),
Peace Tools & Conflict Nuances in India’s Northeast(Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2010),
TarunGogoi: The Inside Story of a Blunt Politician (Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2010),
Chord of Harmony: Sattras and Dargahs of Assam(Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2010, co-authored with BhaskarJyotiMahanta),Kamrup: The Mirror of Assam’s Past and Present (Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2013, co-edited with AshutoshAgnihotri).
Northeast India: The Maoist Spread (Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2014),
Shared Rivers in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects in Lower Riparian States (Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2015),Assamese Cinema: 80 Years (Wordweaves India, Guwahati, 2015, co-edited with Maini Mahanta).