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Politics of Tribe Identity with reference to the Kukis

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Author(s): Ngamkhohao Haokip

Journal: Journal of North East India Studies
ISSN 2278-1455

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 64;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Tribe identity | community | clan | dialect | language | politics

ABSTRACT
This article discusses the problem of tribe identity among the Kukis of Manipur. Kuki in Northeast India is a national group composed of more than 20 sub-groups. These sub-groups speak different dialects of the same language. In 1956, the government of India recognised each dialect group as separate tribe. One of them is Thadou. Some among the Thadous do not like to be under Thadou tribe although they speak the same dialect and practice the same culture. This article attempts to assess how far politics of tribe identity affects unity and social harmony amongst the Kukis.
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