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“Sectarian tribalism has been the bane of the North-eastern States”, in this context discuss the Assam-Mizoram Border and explain how it has unleashed latent regionalism recently.

Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

4. “Sectarian tribalism has been the bane of the North-eastern States”, in this context discuss the Assam-Mizoram Border and explain how it has unleashed latent regionalism recently. (250 words)

Reference:  Business Standard

Why the question:

On 26 July, a violent confrontation took place between police and residents on the Assam-Mizoram border. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the Assam-Mizoram Border and explain how it has unleashed latent regionalism recently.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the facts related to the recent conflict that occurred between these two States.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Provide first brief background of the question; Recent border clashes on the Assam-Mizoram Border and Assam-Meghalaya border point to the failure of central and state governments to solve the boundary issue.

Explain in what way Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of the central government trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states, which has unleashed latent regionalism.

Discuss the reasons behind such conflicts.

Conclusion:

Conclude with suggestions and solutions to solve the issue.