Chapter

Building the Mizo Nation

M. Sajjad Hassan

in Building Legitimacy

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780195692976
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195692976.003.0005
Building the Mizo Nation

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This chapter analyses the social and economic changes taking place in the Lushai Hills. It examines the conflicts in Mizo society and its dominant sections’ response to claims over the new state. It also discusses the mobilization of the inclusive Mizo identity by those excluded. The chapter reveals that the Mizo national Front (MNF) was aware that its social control relied on strengthening the Mizo construct and considers how Mizo society and the state are responding to recent socio-economic challenges. It discusses that cohesive political power has translated into maintenance of the centrality of the institutions of the state in people's lives. State-making leaders in Mizoram were able to create a strong and cohesive state that has extensive links to society, thus improving its capabilities. The Mizoram case shows how society-making entails leaders not only including some but also excluding others to acquire legitimacy among their constituents so as to hold them together.

Keywords: Lushai Hills; Mizo society; Mizoram; cohesive political power; mobilization; cohesive state

Chapter.  11343 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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