ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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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.

The displacement of populations because of conflict remains one of the serious problems before South and South East Asian countries (Bose and Manchanda 1997). India’s North East has experienced numerous forms of displacement due to ethnic conflict and violence. In such situations, reconciliation is also a problem as the memory of conflict continues to linger on even after the end of the conflict. This often makes the process of settlement or reconciliation volatile, with the possibility of future eruptions of violence.

This article discusses the conflict between the Brus and the Mizos in North East India. It has resulted in massive displacement, with the Brus leaving Mizoram since 1997. While few of the displaced families have returned, the majority is yet to be repatriated successfully. After two decades, it remains one of the longest unresolved conflicts in the North East.

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