Language Conflict in Nagaland

Powerful Essays
Adit Pame
Professor Hany Babu
MA English, Semester III
12th November, 2014
Language Conflict in Nagaland
Nagaland, the smallest hilly state in India lies in the North Eastern part of India. It belongs to the Himalayan region which consists of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and hills of Uttar Pradesh. The people of Nagaland commonly known as “Nagas” are sub-divided into several tribes chiefly dominated by the way they speak and also the culture which they inhabit. It has sixteen major tribes. These include: Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sema, Khiamniungan, Kachari, Phom, Rengma, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Kuki, Zeliang and Pochury.
How do we define language? The Oxford Dictionary defines language as “The system of communication in speech and writing that is used by a particular country or area.1” Naga language is a tone language. Each village has a separate tone language. It is also worth noting that the tribal languages of Nagaland have no script. Language is a means of thought and communication and can be arguably the most important component of culture. Language also acts as a marker of identity. Cultural differences are inextricably linked up with language. In a state like Nagaland where each tribe has their own system of language, it is the more dominant tribes which try to assert their power against the weaker tribes. The minority tribes on the other hand keep their language within themselves and converse with each other thereby keep their identity and culture intact.
A linguistically homogenous state has a sense of unity and coherence compared to the other where there is no homogeneity in language. Language difference is another major problem amongst the many social and political problems in Nagaland. The Naga languages belong to the Tibeto-Burman language family. The total number of languages claimed by the tribal communities as their mother tongue is about “200 and half of these belong to the

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Nagaland

    • 3948 Words
    • 16 Pages

    THE NAGALAND PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS REGULATIONS, 2012 AS APPROVED BY THE CABINET SUB-COMMITTEE ON PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS ON 12.09.2012 AS APPROVED BY THE CABINET ON 13.09.2012 AS PASSED BY THE NAGALAND LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ON 22.09.2012 WHEREAS the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, in exercise of its powers under article 371-A (1) (a) of the Constitution of India, had unanimously passed a Resolution on the 26th July, 2010 rendering inter alia all Acts of Parliament governing petroleum…

    • 3948 Words
    • 16 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    The Genesis of Nagaland State: For nearly a century, the British India government administered the Naga Hills as a part of Assam province. Beginning from 1886, the Naga Hills remained as a cultural museum, under the British suzerainty till 1947. After India's independence in 1947, it remained as a district in Assam till December 1957. The erstwhile Naga Hills of Assam and the erstwhile Tuensang Frontier Division of the North East Frontier Administration (NEFA) were brought together for the first…

    • 2539 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    94% of the total area of Nagaland is hilly terrain with heavy annual rainfall ranging from 120cm to 240cm As proposed in the 4th Plan, 3 (three) Watershed Pilot Projects have been demarcated i. e., at Zubza in Kohima District, at Tuli in Mokokchung District and at Chare in Tuensang District by the end of 1972-73, where field works on various aspects of Soil Conservation viz., terracing, Contour bunding, Afforestation, Orchard Plantation and construction of irrigation channels are in full swing in…

    • 564 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    sound of factory sirens and the roar of machinery. However did anyone foresee the havoc that was to be caused by this attack on nature. In our day, there is a growing awareness that world peace is threatened not only by the arms race, regional conflicts and continued injustices among peoples and nations, but also by a lack of due respect for nature, by the plundering of natural resources and by a progressive decline in the quality of life. The sense of precariousness and insecurity that such a situation…

    • 2363 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    The conflict in Canada between the people who speak French and those who speak English can trace its roots to Colonial times. Since Canada was originally a French colony, the majority of the people originally spoke French. In 1760, during the French Indian War, England gained control of Canada. This led to a large number of English speaking settlers who eventually became more numerous that the original French speaking settlers. Two distinct cultural groups evolved the French, mostly in Quebec…

    • 986 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    International Journal of Applied Linguistics w Vol. 16 w No. 3 w 2006 Language conflicts in the European Union Ulrich International IJAL © 0802-6106 O 3 16 Language riginal The Ammon Author Article conflicts Journal Journal inLtd of the compilation Applied European Linguistics © Union 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd Blackwell Oxford, UK Publishing On finding a politically acceptable and practicable solution for EU institutions that satisfies diverging interests Ulrich Ammon University Duisburg-Essen…

    • 9297 Words
    • 32 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Development in Nagaland: Current Status and the Way Forward Skill Development in Nagaland: Current Status and the Way Forward Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration| Mussoorie Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration| Mussoorie STATE TERM PAPER Thavaseelan K (A 31) STATE TERM PAPER Thavaseelan K (A 31) 2013 2013 Index Sno | Topic | Page No | 1 | Introduction | 3 | 2 | Why is Skill Development in the North East urgent and critical? | 4 | 3 | Nagaland – An…

    • 3294 Words
    • 14 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    The Conflicts

    • 261 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Characterization and Conflict and How They Are Interrelated II. Body: A. “Thank You, Ma’m” 1. The Conflict in “Thank You, Ma’m” a. What is the main conflict? Who is the protagonist? Who is the antagonist? b. Is the conflict internal or external? Is physical action or psychological reflection more dominant? c. How does the action of the story affect the characters? 2. Characterization in “Thank You, Ma’m” a. What techniques are used to reveal the characters? i. What kind of language is used by…

    • 261 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Conflict

    • 1102 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Conflict. It happens everyday between sisters and brothers, students and teachers, neighbours and governments. Although these are all different types of conflict, whether it is big or small, people are bound to pick a side. Today I will be discussing how asylum seekers are consistently rejected by our very own unsympathetic government. I will be talking about how thirteen years later people are still taking sides about the 9/11 attacks. Think about the struggle of oppression of women, and how it…

    • 1102 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Conflict

    • 9072 Words
    • 37 Pages

    Module “Conflict Management” Facilitated by C-T. H. Bayer & B.T. Schernick Organized by FES YLDP Module on CONFLICT MANAGEMENT Table of Contents Training Approach .......................................................................................3 What is Conflict ?........................................................................................5 Five Basic Styles in Conflict Situations .................................................7 Different Behaviours in Conflict Handling…

    • 9072 Words
    • 37 Pages
    Powerful Essays