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Research Paper | Sociology | India | Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023
Unravelling Discord: Manipur Socio - Political Landscape and Struggles for Land Rights
Dr. Pydi Raja Kumar | K. Swaroop Paul Kumar
Abstract: This paper discusses Manipur issue in April - May 2023 that witnessed a series of events which were marked by tension, protests, and also clashes among the two different tribes of Manipur. The state government's recommendation to the central government was triggered controversy, which was later criticized strongly by the Supreme Court. A peaceful demonstration by the All Tribal Students' Union Manipur was being escalated into clashes between the two different ethnic groups, particularly Kuki and Meitei, this resulting in property damage and also unrest along the Churacandpur - Bishnupur areas border. Indigenous land rights, especially for the Kuki tribe people residing in the hill area around the capital, became a focal point of concern due to the alleged abuses by the state government. The religious demographics highlighted a significant Christian population. The majority of people?s religion was Christianity. Notably, evictions were carried out under the pretext of forest mapping, ostensibly to curb poppy cultivation. These events that underscored a complex interplay of the indigenous rights, governance issues, inter - community tensions, and religious dynamics in the region.
Keywords: Manipur, Violence, Kuki, Meitei, Tribals, Christianity, Land Rights, ethnic groups
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023,
Pages: 2113 - 2118