The State of North-East India: The Politics of Land, Migration and the Economy


India’s geographical location has played a strategic role in maintaining it’s diplomatic and economic relations with the neighbouring states. The democratic system of governance and the growing economy, have been a centre of attraction for the people to flee across the borders ever since the independence: in search of peace, stability and employment opportunities. Immigrants from Tibet, Myanmar, Bangladesh have been settling in the subcontinent, especially in the border states and metropolitan as well. Among others, Bangladesh has been a prominent neighbour, in terms of its role in Indian political history since its creation in 1971 (with support of Indian forces). With a border 4,096 kilometres, it stretches along and shares borders with the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. This article thus aims to assess and analyse (i) the outcomes of widespread migration over the land of Assam; (ii) it’s impact on the economy, development, socio- cultural identity and; (iii) the upcoming implications of the present policies on migration, citizenship upon the state, the country, the local people and their constitutional rights.

By: Chanya Kapoor & Manasvini Abhyankar

Published on July 29, 2020

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