Ethnicity, Colonial Legacies, and Postindependence Issues of Identity Politics in North-East India

  title={Ethnicity, Colonial Legacies, and Postindependence Issues of Identity Politics in North-East India},
  author={Nameirakpam Bijen Meetei},
  journal={Nationalism and Ethnic Politics},
  pages={115 - 99}
The idea of indigenousness has been evoked to legitimize group exclusive claims including separate territories in North-East India. By analyzing experiences in Meghalaya and Manipur, the article argues that the colonial ethnic categorization that produced “ethnic conglomerates” has generated a number of problems leading to conflict in the postindependence period. First, certain composite identities have been formed by bringing together under a single umbrella a range of distinct indigenous… Expand
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