Unravelling of the State in Manipur

M. Sajjad Hassan

in Building Legitimacy

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780195692976
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081547 | DOI:
Unravelling of the State in Manipur

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This chapter looks at how agencies of the state in Manipur perform in terms of their basic functions. In Manipur, the state's failure to dominate the rule system and provide secure property rights has undermined its centrality in the lives of its citizens. Community-specific ‘tribal’ organizations have obtained de facto authority in society, undermining state leaders' social control. Quality of revenue governance, including poor performance of tax collection machinery and a poor tax structure, are some of the reasons contributing to poor revenue extraction in Manipur. Rising unemployment sets up the issue of conflicts over opportunities, resources, and power that fuelled the breakdown in Manipur. A variety of factors have led to the reduced ability of state agencies to monopolize security in Manipur and provide protection to its citizens. Paralysis of state agencies, their weaknesses, and poor authority have undermined the state's role in resolving intercommunity conflicts.

Keywords: Manipur; social control; tribal organizations; revenue governance; unemployment; state agencies; tax collection machinery; tax structure; intercommunity conflicts

Chapter.  12416 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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