ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Tribals, Rats, Famine, State and the Nation

'Rat-famine' has followed a recurring pattern in Mizo history. Despite their ability to predict the occurrence of a famine, Mizo tribes have found themselves ill-equipped to handle such calamities on their own. The British extended help and support, which in turn helped alleviate suspicion on both sides. Unfortunately, it was the failure of the newly independent Indian government in extending support during the 1958 famine that alienated the Mizos and was largely responsible for the Mizo National Famine Front's turning against the centre.

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