ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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‘Separate Administration’: An Unviable Idea


Many people have died, and several houses and vehicles have been set on fire in various parts of Manipur, as people belonging to the two major groups (the Meitei and the Kuki) resorted to violence. Amid these difficult times, the demand for a “separate administration” in Manipur was made by several legislators belonging to the Kuki community.

Manipur is inhabited by several communities, with the Meiteis (the single largest group) and other non-tribals constituting around 65% of the state’s total population. The Kukis and other tribes constituting around 35% of the population mostly live in the hills. The Meiteis and non-tribals are not permitted to purchase land in the hills under the current land law. Furthermore, a sizeable portion of the Meiteis also desire to be recognised as a Scheduled Tribe (ST).

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