Past and Present: Analysis of The Social-Political Changes of Bujuur Naga

  • Elija Chara Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Keywords: Moyon Naga, Customs, Identity, Social-Political, Modernity


Bujuur Naga, also known as Moyon Naga, is a small ethnic community belonging to the Naga group inhabiting the hills of Manipur, India and Sagaing Division of Myanmar. The everyday lives and affairs of the Bujuur are village centric with a base on customs and traditions. In the phase of modernization impact on smaller ethnic communities, the social-political-economic lives of the Bujuur have been evolving for the last hundred years. To comprehend the process of this evolution, the paper focuses on the political system of the Bujuur Naga by exploring it from the period of oral history to the present with the objectives to understand the factors and natures of the changes. Also, the interpretations of the past and contemporary everyday lives are discussed as a means to understand the social-political challenges and issues the community is facing including the contemporary political state of political ambiguity that arose in the process of adaptive changes.


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Elija Chara, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India


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Chara, E. (2019). Past and Present: Analysis of The Social-Political Changes of Bujuur Naga. SOCIALSCI JOURNAL, 4, 75-89. Retrieved from
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