In north east India there has been a general complain that the history and society of north east India was neglected by the mainstream historians, which is justified. Now that the concept of History from below is being practiced in India to discover the pressure from below in shaping the history of modern India, the non-inclusion of north east is all the more glaring. Most of north east India is not discussed in any work where the process of India’s integration or even the rise of separatist demands were discussed. There is a proud depiction of pressure from the masses for integration with India but there too the hills of Mizoram was not discussed. There has been consistent exclusion of north east India from the history of India. Such neglect prompted the historians of north east India to take up research on the area but they failed to communicate them to the rest of India. As a result north east India continued to suffer from historiographical exclusion. But unless the stories of north east are integrated with the history of the rest of the country, a true national history can never be achieved. Historiographical integration has to be a prerequisite to national integration.
This book, done on the basis of extensive research, details this process of the merger of north-eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur with India.