By Pinaki Bhattacharya
AAKROSH. January 2007. Volume 10. Number 34
India’s north-east seems like a cauldron of identity politics where ethnicities are worn on the sleeve like a badge as if to ward off any attempts at integrating them with the country’s mainstream. Conversely, the people of the troubled region seem to believe that unless they hold the nation’s attention hostage to their violent deeds, they might well be left out of the greater scheme of things decided west of the Ganges. Indeed, contemporary history has taught them a bitter lesson. A state-by-state enumeration, though exhausting in its repetition, needs to be undertaken more for the edification of those who suffer from amnesiac attacks. Except, this piece of writing would only concentrate on three of the seven states—Assam, Nagaland and Manipur—mainly because of the immediacy of the problems.