Contested State Power in Manipur

M. Sajjad Hassan

in Building Legitimacy

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780195692976
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081547 | DOI:
Contested State Power in Manipur

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This chapter reviews the process of state formation in pre-colonial and colonial Manipur. It also examines the social conflicts that took place in the state in the run-up to Independence, the political contestations between groups within the state, and those between state and central leaders after Independence, and the subsequent merger of the state with the Indian Union. It reveals that exclusivist political organization and the poor institutionalization of political parties in both the Valley and the Hills have resulted in severe instability in Manipur and is caused by the poor ability of political institutions to manage conflicts is worsened by the rising aspirations among all sections of the population. The chapter finally asserts that Manipur has neither had a uniting political party, nor an ideology powerful enough to bring different sections of the population together, nor a leader who could by his/her authority inspire the different sections to a pan-Manipuri project.

Keywords: Manipur; state formation; Independence; Indian Union; exclusivist political organization; political contestations; Valley; Hills; political institutions

Chapter.  13523 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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