The Kuki Tribes of Meghalaya: A Study of their Socio-Political Problems

in R. Padhi (ed.). Current Tribal Situation: Strategies for Planning, Welfare and Sustainable Development. Delhi: Mangalam Publications, 2013, pp. 85-93. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1621524   The post-Cold War period witnessed a spurt in ethnicity and ethnic nationalism. This often leads to ethnic mobilisation and movements, and even to the extent of extremism. The Northeastern states of India were no exception to this […]

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Ethnocracy in Deeply Divided Societies: The Dynamics of Ethnopolitics in Manipur

in Jelle JP Wouters (Ed.). Vernacular Politics in Northeast India: Democracy, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2022, pp. 175-198. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192863461.003.0007 This chapter examines the dynamics of ethnopolitics in Manipur particularly how the state fallsinto ‘ethnocracy trap’ and thus perpetuate ethnocratic regimes. Rather than looking into thedemand for internal autonomy within the sub-national state by minority groups, the ethnocratic […]

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Role of CBOs in Resilience Building: Good Practices and Challenges

in Amita Singh, et. al. (eds.) Development and Disaster Management: A Study of the North Eastern States of India. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, 2018, 281-299. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-8485-0_19 This paper examines the role of community based organisations in resilience building within the North Eastern states of India. There is a plethora of indigenous practices and value systems in the largely egalitarian societies of the […]

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Escape Agriculture, Foraging Culture: The Subsistence Economy of the Kukis during the Anglo-Kuki War

in D.L. Haokip and N. Kipgen (eds.). Against the Empire: Polity, economy and culture during the Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919. New Delhi, Routledge, 2020, pp. 118-136. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003000655-10 This chapter looks into the economic measures taken by the British to crush the morale of the Kukis and bring the uprising under control, as well as the resilient indigenous economy of the Kukis during […]

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Breaking the spirit of the Kukis: launching the ‘largest series of military operations’ in the northeastern frontier of India

in J. Guite & T. Haokip (eds.). The Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919: A Frontier Uprising against Imperialism during the First World War. London/New Delhi: Routledge, 2018, 93-117. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429431098-4 At the imperial margin of British India, the Assam Rifles and Burma Military Police fought a resistance war by the Kukis between 1917 and 1919 for the colonial government. In this ‘largest series of military […]

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Making a Case for the formation of Regional Councils within Sixth Schedule Areas

in Atul Sarma, Ashok Pankaj and Antora Borah (eds.). Social Sector Development in North-East India. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2020. pp. 361-380. This chapter discusses the provisions in the Sixth Schedule of the Indian constitution for the formation of autonomous regions and regional councils in districts with multiple scheduled tribes, and stresses on the formation of such regional councils for […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Endangered Languages

By Thongkholal Haokip The increasing use of virtual digital assistants and multilingual neural machine translation services, which use artificial intelligence to recognise and respond to voice commands or translate voice into text of another language, could increase language endangerment.   On 11 May 2022 Google announced the inclusion of 24 new languages in Google Translate – the multilingual neural machine translation […]

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Glimpses from villages in the Northeast: Traditional quarantine measures came alive during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Thongkholal Haokip Contributions to Indian Sociology, 56(1), February 2022, pp. 1-5. Abstract During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities in the hills of Northeast India fought the epidemic by taking recourse to traditional preventive health measures, both sealing off villages and quarantining to combat the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. These traditional emergency health measures grew out of local […]

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Development through Trade: Re-examining India’s Act East Policy and the Northeastern Region

By Thongkholal Haokip in Rakhee Bhattacharya (ed.). Developmentalism as Strategy: Interrogating Post-colonial Narratives on India’s North East. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2019. This chapter has laid down a critical alternative to understand ‘development through trade’ by relocating India’s Northeast in its highly debated Act East Policy. The Northeast which was ‘a meeting ground, a transit point and the southern trials […]

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