Society and Identity
Two ethnic groups (more accurately, some proponents among them) in Northeast India aspire for a larger territorial configuration than is currently recognized. I am referring to the visions of a Greater Nagaland and Greater Mizoram held by various sections of the respective communities. Proponents of these visions have certain assumptions, firstly, that their identity is linked to the land that they inhabit and following from that, a need for the territorial integrity of all the peoples concerned; secondly, and more importantly, the given-ness and thereby the primordiality of their identities, as they understand it. The paper will explore the nature and extent of these demands and the constituency that aspires for these demands. It will also explore the constituency that rejects such demands. The second section of the paper will try and understand how the transition from other forms of identity making to that of territorialization has taken place besides tracing the historical circumstances under which such broader configurations have been made possible.