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Is There a Pan-North-East Identity and Solidarity?
  • Thongkholal Haokip, Jawaharlal Nehru University
India’s north-east is often generalised, misunderstood and understudied. Its cultural diversity, decades of armed insurrections, ethnic violence and identity politics have intrigued scholars for the past few decades. To many, the u nderstanding of some major tribes of the r egion – their lifestyle, world view and aspirations, and putting them t ogether as an analytical category and clubbing the whole north-eastern states as “northeast” – seems to snugly fi t their analysis. The generalised presumptions, time and again, overlook the diversity of the region. In contrast, each state has described itself as a “mini India”.
  • Pan-North-East Identity,
  • Solidarity,
  • Racism,
  • North-East India
Publication Date
September 8, 2012
Citation Information
Haokip, T. (2012). Is there a pan-north-east identity and solidarity. Economic and Political Weekly, 47(36), 84-85.