Cartographic War Between North East States

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Cartographic War
Between North East States

In September 1963, the Naga Hills District was carved out of Assam and made a separate state. This was the beginning of a process of the Assam hill tribes’ movement for creating separate tribal states. In 1971, the United Khasi – Jaintia Hills district and the Garo Hills district were made a sub – state within Assam. A year later, on January 21, 1972, the sub – state became the full – fledged state of Meghalaya.

At the same time, the Mizo Hills district which had, for all practical purposes, been under Army control since the February 1966 armed uprising by the MNF, became the first Union Territory and then, in 1987, the separate state of Mizoram. In the north, the North  East Frontier Agency (NEFA) became a Union Territory and subsequently a full – fledged state in 1987. Only two hill districts – North Cachar and Karbi Anglong opted to remain in Assam. Now they are also demanding the status of an Autonomous state. But that is a different story.

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