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Title: Democratization of Kuki Tribal Polity in Contemporary Manipur
Authors: Kipgen, N
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Citation: International Conference on Public Policy and Governance 2012, 4-6 September, 2012, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
Abstract: The indigenous Kukis living in Manipur in Northeast India have traditionally lived in village settlements under lineage chiefs and been politically governed by chiefs who belong to certain chiefly lineages. Chieftainship system is the principal component of village political structure in the Kuki society. The principle of legitimacy and authority are strongly embedded with the institution of chieftainship and the power relation systems are rooted in the chieftainship system. Some of these political changes occurred during colonial rule (Kuki rebellion of 1917-19), however implementation of universal suffrage, democratic representation and elections have profoundly altered political legitimacy and position of chiefs among the Kukis. Political legitimacy in traditional Kuki society was based on what Weber conceptualized as traditional authority that has undergone minimal social change consequent to Kukis becoming an integral part of democratic India in 1949. For instance, the state gover...
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2080/1772
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