The Demography of North-East India: Perilous Pluralism?
India’s north-eastern region (NER hereafter) is extraordinarily diverse, distinct, or rather distinguished on several counts. Apart from bordering itself with a few neighbouring countries, entire land is a mixture of disparate races, civilisations, culture, and languages. Until independence, NER had consisted of Assam province and the princely states of Manipur and Tripura. Heralded by Nagaland’s official separation from the erstwhile Assam in 1963, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Mizoram have been subsequently carved out of Assam between 1971 and 1987 by dint of the North-Eastern Re-Organization Act 1971. Together with Sikkim, the present-day NER thus consists of eight states.