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In the Shadows of Naga InsurgencyTribes, State, and Violence in Northeast India$
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Jelle J.P. Wouters

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199485703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199485703.001.0001

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The State as a Resource

The State as a Resource

The Quest for ‘Frontier Nagaland’

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In the Shadows of Naga Insurgency

Jelle J.P. Wouters

Oxford University Press

The politics of statehood and related demands pervade all nooks and corners of India. This chapter discusses the Frontier Nagaland statehood demand that has emerged within (or against?) the Naga Movement for Independence. Through a set of socio-historical and ethnographic explorations, the author shows how the demand for Frontier Nagaland, while tracing back to divergent colonial trajectories between ‘western’ and ‘eastern’ Nagaland, implies that the creation of Nagaland state produced new constellations of power, new fault-lines, and new axes of differentiation. Seeing the state first and foremost as a ‘resource’, six eastern Naga tribes today lament, what they experience as, the dominating and exploitative influences of western Naga tribes, whom they see as ‘advanced’ and accuse of preventing eastern Nagas from receiving their development dues.

Keywords:   Statehood, Frontier Nagaland, Naga Insurgency, Economic development, Exploitation, Backwardness, Colonialism, Tribe

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