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Metanarrative of the North East

The Northeast Question: Conflicts and Frontiers by Pradip Phanjoubam; New Delhi: Routledge, 2016; pp vii + 219, 895.

India’s North East, for too long, has remained an area of darkness. Its multitude of diverse and distinct ethnic nationalities, who have felt no sense of kinship or identification with the “mainland,” has posed one of the strongest challenges to post-independent India in its task of nation-building. Apart from the valuable treatises of British officers during their forays into these “uncharted wild lands,” there has been an acute paucity of literature that would have enabled us to understand as to what has shaped the identity, psychology and aspirations of the communities here, steeped in turbulence and unrest since independence.

Recording the facts of their history, connecting the linkages of the past to the present, providing context to this sensitive relationship, and the understanding of the way forward has been a long-felt need. The emergence of scholars and writers, particularly from within this region, who can explain their crises with academic rigour, and first-hand insight, is vital to this quest.

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