In the Shadows Of Violence: Migration, Perceptions of Security and Tales of Horror in Post – Partition Northeast India

By BINAYAK DUTTA, PhD. Department of History, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.



Over the years, politics in northeast India  has been mired by a clamour over human migration to northeast India  from areas that came to form  Bangladesh after 1971. There is no doubt that over the years, people cutting across religion or cultural boundaries have migrated in large numbers   into Assam, Mizoram , Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. Though this process seemed to have witnessed an upward swing after 1947, the process seemed to have really taken off after 1965. The process seemed an unending trail of people migrating across the borders. This story of migration has often given rise to claims and counterclaims.