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

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Contested Claims, Conflicting Positions

Ethnic Tension in Mizoram

Mizoram currently is gripped with ethnic tension between the Mizo and Chakma communities. The stand-off between the two communities this time is on the question of indigeneity. The fear is that such a divide will not just put the state into a chaotic situation, but trigger violence to which the state itself has become so prone.

Ethnic tension is running high in Mizoram between the Mizo and Chakma communities. The recent tussle is on the question of indigeneity, which unintendedly brings back the troubled relations between the Mizo and the Chakma. Currently, a disagreement is brewing over claims as to who is indigenous between the ethnic Mizo and the minority Chakma community. The claim of the Mizo to being the only indigenous community, which relegates the Chakma community to a non-indigenous status, is refuted by various Chakma organisations.1 Due to this, Mizoram currently is in a state of flux with this squabble over indigenous status.

Even before this, there have been several episodes of inter-ethnic tussles between the Mizo and the Chakma on various fronts. The rapid increase of Chakma population, mostly believed to be due to illegal entrants from Bangladesh, is one issue that sharply divides the two communities. Both sides give their own version of truth, contesting each other’s facts. In order to make sense of the current ethnic tensions, the historical and contemporary issues that divide the two communities need to be revisited. In other words, one has to trace the problem historically and understand it in its historic context.

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