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

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Diversity in North East India

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The past of the North East Indian community comes down from generation to generation through language, music, songs, dance, rituals, beliefs, practices, and a great variety of narratives, tales, stories, and myths. These are the elements that constitute the thickness or density of North East Indian history. The place is too complex as the whole terrain of the North East is fascinating, especially for an ethnographer to apply their mind. In the context of the region’s engagement with the larger Indian landscape, diversity and its preservation may be the lens through which the North East should be understood.

The myths, legends, and history of the North East date back to antiquity. This region has been inhabited by earlier settlers since 2000 BC. The first recorded mention of this region may be found in the narrative of Hiuen Tsang, who visited the court of the Assamese king Bhaskar Varman in the first half of the seventh century. Starting from the prehistoric time, settlers, invaders and intruders from all corners exposed this land, deriving a complex cultural phenomenon. The history of the North East is well contested. Everybody has their own version of history and the politics of identity derived from this well-contested version of history. The history of this land needs to be taught, written, and evaluated. Mainstream Indian historical discourse usually does not cover the history of the North East, though it had around 600 years of the Ahom kingdom.

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Updated On : 19th Jun, 2023
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