‘Contested State-craft’ on the Frontiers of the Indian Nation: ‘Hills-Valley Divide’ and the Genealogy of Kuki Ethnic Nationalism in Manipur

Ngamjahao Kipgen, Arnab Roy Chowdhury
  • Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, October 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/sena.12184

Kuki Ethnic Nationalism

What is it about?

The article discusses the Kuki people’s assertion and expression of separate identity and demand for an ethnic homeland in postcolonial India by tracing the genealogy of Kuki ethnic nationalism.

Why is it important?

The postcolonial central and state government policies have failed to respond to local problems, which have created a regional imbalance and have sharpened the hills–valley divide, i.e. the minority tribal groups and majority / dominant non-tribal group.


Dr Ngamjahao Kipgen
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

The article demonstrates how the nationalist aspirations of ethnic groups and ethnic competition over resources are interlinked in the context of Manipur.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Ngamjahao Kipgen and Arnab Roy Chowdhury