CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction: relation between development, freedom and violence. 2. The economy of Manipur. 3. Politics in Manipur. 4. Manipur and the Indian state. 5. Trading through Moreh. 6. Caught between justice and law.
Manipur, among other northeastern states, has captured scholarly attention as one of the border-states of India that is a victim of human rights violation both internally and externally, as one of the centres of contraband reading, for problems related to migration and internal displacement, as well as for its abundant and diverse natural resources and human cultural diversity. There have not, however, been too many efforts to provide a theoretically integrated account of the relation between the everyday violence that is ripping this state apart and the cultural diversity of the region as a result of migration. This book tries top fill that lacuna in the literature through a sociological focus on cross-border trading to argue that the endemic violence in the region is a manifestation of a society that has rendered alienated from the historical relations between various ethnic groups to fetishize unique ethnic identities have left no scope for negotiation or dialogue either between the ethnicities and the Indian state leaving the social field to violent interactions as a substituted for real human exchange and interaction.