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Subramaniam Kannan


Factions are the competition between groups for scarce resources or power. It manifests in many forms and is noticed in all parts of the world. However, factions also emerge because of certain vulnerable situations and issues that are found at different levels of social organisation. The fundamental assumption in the present study is that factions at different levels do not constitute independent and insulated phenomena. There are always certain linkages between their functioning at various levels, such as the village, block, district and the state. Against this background the present study made an attempt to observe factions at the village, block and district levels and establish organic or otherwise links between factions at these levels. The study carried out in Dimapur district of Nagaland, where there is a clash between two tribal groups. The rationale implicit in the study is, therefore, that the leadership of various political parties at the grass root level interacts with the leadership of these various tribal groups at the district level and state level through the dynamics of factional process.

To collect in-depth information on factions among Nagas informal interviews were conducted among the elders at village level and tribal organizations at district level. The study also understands various specific issues, which constitute the back drop for various factions, i.e., those issues by which the faction-groups maintain identity. The origin of faction among the Nagas starts from the freedom struggle of Nagas from India. However recently the problems happened in the state head quarters (Kohima) it reflects in the district head quarters and in the Sumi dominated villages.

The study concludes that strong political ground among the tribal organisation is the major causes of the faction. Finally, the author suggesting that government should maintain the effective communication with the tribal group leaders and various tribal organisations and to have effective eye watch of the incidents took place in all the part of the state to curb the inimical clashes among the Nagas.

Key words: Faction, Nagas, Tribes, Organisations, Politics

Subramaniam.Kannan, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Languages, Lovely Professional University, Punjab. Email: kannan.18752 (at) lpu.co.in

Cite this article:
Kannan Subramaniam. CONTINUING FACTION AMONG NAGAS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.9, no.2:100-115, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2016-no2-art6

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2016-no2-art6

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