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Exploration of Region in Colonial North-East India: Construction of 'Naga Hills'

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of History, Assam University, (Central University), Assam, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (2), Pages 34-42, February,14 (2013)

Abstract

This paper mainly focuses on map-making and its implications because the map is the perfect example of the deployment of technology and power over region. By analyzing some of the colonial maps of the nineteenth century in North-East India we shall illustrate the historical processes of the making of the 'Naga Hills' as a distinctive place identity for the Nagas by the end of the century. The purpose is to see how a distinctive place identity called 'Naga Hills' came into existence. It is to be noted that how the colonial official views the 'long strip of hill country' as a barrier and how a place called the Naga Hills was established by this time. Once spaces were explored, surveyed and mapped by locating and naming places and people, as part of its knowledge-power nexus, the next colonial project was to translate their discourse into a political language - the acquisition of 'territory'.

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