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Political Integration of Northeast India: A Historical Analysis

Strategic Analysis, Vol. 36, No. 2, March 2012, pp. 304–314.

12 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2010 Last revised: 6 Aug 2012

Thongkholal Haokip

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Date Written: December 10, 2010

Abstract

Most nation-states in Asia and Africa that gained independence from colonial rulers during the middle of the 20th century are diverse in their ethnic composition. The national governments make efforts to politically integrate their constituent units in the face of the continuing resistance of several ethnic groups. India adopted various means to integrate the more than 600 princely states and other loosely administered areas. Although the issue of integration has been largely settled in the mainland, various radical groups in the Northeastern region still question the extension of the Indian state. This article provides a historical analysis of the process of integration of the various states of Northeast India.

Keywords: Political Integration, Northeast India, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Kuki, Meitei, Mizo

Suggested Citation

Haokip, Thongkholal, Political Integration of Northeast India: A Historical Analysis (December 10, 2010). Strategic Analysis, Vol. 36, No. 2, March 2012, pp. 304–314.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1723424

Thongkholal Haokip (Contact Author)

Jawaharlal Nehru University ( email )

Nelson Mandela Marg
New Delhi, Delhi 110067
India

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