Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

2 - Cartography of Self-assertion’: Rethinking Relationship Among Transborder Peoples in the Indo-Burma Borderlands

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Silveroak II, Ground Floor

Several maps showing the geographical areas, transcending man-made borders, of people of the same ethnic community have emerged in the Indo-Burma borderlands in the postcolonial time. Such development, which may be called ‘cartography of self–assertion’, aims not only to counter state borders that divide people of the same ethnic community but also seeks to assert the historical connect and ethnic commonality of political divided transborder people. On the one hand, the paper is an attempt to analyse to what extentborder creates ‘difference’ and ‘otherness’ among the Zo people. How did the border reconfigure an indigenous space and leaves a huge impact on the socio-cultural lives of the people? And, to what extent has the border destroyed the ethnic solidarity of the Zo and also impinged on the psychology and relations of the people? On the other hand, the paper will also probe how the people, who have not been reconciled to state borders, attempt to reestablish their relations across the border through socio-cultural interactions and exchange. It seeks to argue that there is a significant change in the way the indigenous Zo people look at the border today and this has great implications on their relationships across the border. The political border between India and Burma/Myanmar remains the same, nevertheless, its meaning has changed: from a ‘divider’ to a ‘unifier’; from an imaginary line that created ‘otherness’ to an imaginary line that facilitates ‘dialogue’ and ‘interactions’.


 


 


 

Pum khan Pau

Vishwa Bharati University, India

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