Land alienation and its impact on jhumias: A case study of Tripura
The unity and integrity of India is under severe challenge due to the rise of separatist movements in different parts of the country. The North-Eastern part of the country has been traditionally prone to a large number of secessionist and separatist movements. Tripura,the smallest of the North East Indian states has been caught in a vortex of highly destructive militant violence, deadly ethnic conflicts and a planned destruction of the relation between the tribal and non-tribal people of the state. A large number of factors have been held responsible for the growth of insurgency in this region. The most important cause of rise of the secessionist movement has been the massive demographic changes and the consequent loss of livelihood among the tribal populace of Tripura. The main aim of the paper is to highlight the growing pauperisation of the tribal’s in Tripura through a study of the system of Jhum Cultivation.