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Building LegitimacyExploring State-Society Relations in Northeast India$
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M. Sajjad Hassan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195692976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195692976.001.0001

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Unravelling of the State in Manipur

Unravelling of the State in Manipur

(p.173) Chapter 6 Unravelling of the State in Manipur
Building Legitimacy

M. Sajjad Hassan

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at how agencies of the state in Manipur perform in terms of their basic functions. In Manipur, the state's failure to dominate the rule system and provide secure property rights has undermined its centrality in the lives of its citizens. Community-specific ‘tribal’ organizations have obtained de facto authority in society, undermining state leaders' social control. Quality of revenue governance, including poor performance of tax collection machinery and a poor tax structure, are some of the reasons contributing to poor revenue extraction in Manipur. Rising unemployment sets up the issue of conflicts over opportunities, resources, and power that fuelled the breakdown in Manipur. A variety of factors have led to the reduced ability of state agencies to monopolize security in Manipur and provide protection to its citizens. Paralysis of state agencies, their weaknesses, and poor authority have undermined the state's role in resolving intercommunity conflicts.

Keywords:   Manipur, social control, tribal organizations, revenue governance, unemployment, state agencies, tax collection machinery, tax structure, intercommunity conflicts

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