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Patterns of Ethnic Conflict in the North-East

Manipur in India's north-east has long been riven by conflicts among ethnic groups on issues of exclusivity, dominance and integration. Identities that shape conflict are not necessarily primordial but are a creation of political necessity and administrative convenience. In recent decades, as the Naga-Kuki conflicts and later between the Kukis and Paites demonstrate identity conflicts have been waged not merely on questions of land, immigration and settlement but also on the overweening fear of loss of identity itself.

Manipur: Assembly Election: Manifestation of Growing Crisis

The ambiguous election verdict is largely due to the lack of a proper political space which offers options in the exercise of adult franchise. Frequent changes of party loyalties, the near complete breakdown of governance and the mishandling of macro issues such as the ceasefire, the insurgency, the merger agreement and the creation of greater Nagaland have all prompted a growing cynicism in the political system.
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