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Beyond Anti-incumbency Winds of Change in Mizoram

The rise of the Zoram People’s Movement earmarked a political change by ending the duopoly of the Mizo National Front and Congress in Mizoram. This rise needs to be understood within the long history of the Mizo public political agency—in terms of exercising their right to “choose” and an understanding of the vernacular politics that informs Mizo political culture.

The Bru–Mizo Conflict

This rejoinder to Shyamal Bikash Chakma and Suraj Gogoi’s article “The Bru–Mizo Conflict in Mizoram” (EPW, 3 November 2018) questions their treatment of the question over historical depth, as well as the inaccurate and incomplete representation of facts and silencing of the “victim” voice.

Memories and Memorials of the Mizo National Front Movement

The narrative of peace in Mizoram has become a part of national memory, but it is also embedded in larger politics of erasing a violent past. This is, in part, associated with the state agenda of presenting a “successful” case of conflict management, along with its refusal to acknowledge its violent actions. Tension over the issue of memorialisation continues to resurface at the local level, across political spectrums and local organisations—a consequence of the purported exclusion of violent memories in the official narratives and the neglect of “other” voices within the narrative of the movement. In this regard, the construction and contestation of the narrative of “peace” in Mizoram and the politics associated with its commemoration, merit further examination.

The Bru Conundrum in North East India

Some communities in North East India have experienced persistent displacement due to ethnic violence. The two-decade-long conflict between the Mizos and the Brus in Mizoram and Tripura is examined. Attempts at repatriation, without reconciliation, will provide at best a short-term solution.

Ethnic Tension in Mizoram

Mizoram currently is gripped with ethnic tension between the Mizo and Chakma communities. The stand-off between the two communities this time is on the question of indigeneity. The fear is that such a divide will not just put the state into a chaotic situation, but trigger violence to which the state itself has become so prone.

Political Turmoil in Mizoram

The seemingly intractable Hmar question in Mizoram has erupted again with the resuming of violent clashes between HPC (D) and the state government. Sporadic violence is becoming the norm in the state with the latest being the killing of three policemen by the Hmar militant outfits. Rather than looking at the logic of the struggle, the state government prefers to reply to such dissent through the use of force. 

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