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Language and Nomenclature Imbroglio among the Kukis
Language in India (2011)
  • Thongkholal Haokip, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Lingual and cultural affinity among the various Kuki tribes and clans has not been taken into advantage to gain political mileage. Rather, the assertion of other nomenclatures such as Khulmi, Zomi, etc. has impeded their political aspirations. The recognition of Thadou and its contestations by groups who speak the same dialect in the aftermath has been detrimental to Kuki nation-building, since the group of people speaking the same dialect and recognised as “Thadou” are the majority, which their unity would lead to the consolidation of Kuki. In this paper brief concepts of language, nomenclature and nation-building and nomenclature imbroglio are discussed. While there is a debate on contesting nomenclatures among the Chin, Kuki and Mizos, this paper is restricted to William Shaw's “Thadou” and “Kuki”.
Publication Date
Spring March 3, 2011
Citation Information
Haokip, T. (2011). Language and Nomenclature Imbroglio Among the Kukis. Language in India, 11(3), 28-35.