Seminar held on ethnic crisis in NE
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 28: The two-day National seminar on �Land problems and ethnic crisis in North East India� jointly organised by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata and Department of History, Manipur University at Senate Hall of the university concluded today.

The seminar was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University Prof N Bijoy Singh as chief guest, Dean of School of Social Sciences, MU Prof N Joykumar Singh as president and Dean of Social Sciences, MU Dr Ch Amuba Singh and Registrar, MU Dr RK Ranjan as guests of honour.

In the introduction session, Director of College Development Council, MU Prof Lokendra Singh as seminar co-ordinator highlighted the background behind the initiation of the seminar as a step towards meaningful understanding of the issues of the region.

He elaborated on the process of politicization of ethnicity and ethnic crisis at toward the end of 20th century against the backdrop of colonial policies and ethnic conflicts in North East India during the 19th century.

Inaugurating the session, the chief guest highlighted the uniqueness of ethnic mosaic of the Northeast region.

While elaborating on the process of politicization of ethnicity, he emphasised on the indispensability of maintaining ethnic plurality and multi-culturism.

Sixteen distinguished resource persons presented their research papers on different aspects of the theme of the seminar in the four technical sessions.