ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Instability, Inequity and Growth

the rate of economic growth has been rather slow and not enough jobs are being created especially for the educated youth. Hence the recurring campaigns in Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, and now, though with a different slant, on a particularly large scale in Assam, for eviction of outsiders' and 'foreigners'. A section of Hindu Meithis of Manipur turned extremist and secessionist largely due to the fact that their loyalty was taken for granted and they felt discriminated against, in the background of the militant tribes of the region. In Tripura, the tribal unrest started mainly due to the transfer of tribal lands to the Bengali majority. All this makes ground for the extremist and secessionist movements,, inter- ethnic clashes (the recent case being the carnage in Tripura in June 1980), and border disputes between different states and Union territories of the region. By implication the author seems to A HIGHER output growth can have two negative fall-outs. The instability of production may increase and the distribution of output (between diffe- Tent persons and different regions) may worsen. These factors are of particular importance in agriculture where the levels of instability and inequality are, intrinsically high. For planning an agricultural growth strategy, it is consequently essential to understand whether there are significant trade-offs between growth on the one hand and production instability and inequality On the other hand.

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