Essays on the Kuki–Naga Conflict: A Review

Thongkholal Haokip is from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
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  • March 2013
    Review Essay

    The Kuki–Naga conflict, which was mainly fought on land and identity issues, resulted in the uprooting of hundreds of villages, with the loss of more than 1,000 lives and enormous internal displacement. The British colonial policy of governance in the north-east frontier of India and the rise of ethnic nationalism among both the Kukis and Nagas in the post-independence period were the roots of the conflict. This essay reviews the various essays on the Kuki–Naga conflict of the 1990s and two books, namely Ethnicity and Inter-Community Conflict: A Case of Kuki-Naga in Manipur by Aheibam Koireng Singh and Violence and Identity in North-East India: Naga-Kuki Conflict by S.R. Tohring.