Resilience of the Mizo State

M. Sajjad Hassan

in Building Legitimacy

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

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This chapter provides a discussion on the resiliency of the Mizo state. Changes in the legal system in Mizoram have helped strengthen the authority of state institutions. Mizo law enforcement agencies often receive useful help from social organizations in resolving crimes and in maintaining order. State agencies in Mizoram appear to have maintained their monopoly over the rule system, thus retaining their legitimacy in society. Mizoram continues to show leadership in education administration. A rebel organization that had been violently challenging the authority of the state was co-opted into the state structure. Strong organizational capacity of the Mizo National Front (MNF) has helped make the Mizo peace accord one of the most successful in the country. The nature of the challenge to state authority in Mizoram is addressed in this chapter. The ruling coalition in Mizoram is evidently very secure in its stability.

Keywords: Mizo state; Mizo National Front; Mizoram; state institutions; ruling coalition; Mizo law enforcement; social organizations; state agencies; leadership

Chapter.  10651 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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