Book on indigenous migration released in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/17/2019 11:42:49 AM IST

A book on “Leaving the land –indigenous migration and affective labour In India” co-authored by Dolly Kikon and Bengt G. Karlsson was launched at Made in Nagaland Centre, hosted by Youthnet with Log Drum, Morung Express, East Mojo  as event partners on December 16.              

The book author Dolly Kikon  in her brief highlight about the book said  many indigenous youths from North East India have migrated in large numbers to metropolitan cities in search of job and for higher studies. In this regard, she said has done research the traces of migratory journey of these youths and engaged with their new lives in the cities.

Kikon who is a senior lecturer in anthropology and development studies programme at the University of Melbourne, Australia stated the migration was facilitated by new work opportunities in the hospitality sector, mainly as service personnel in luxury hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and airlines. She said prolonged armed conflict, militarization, a stagnant economy, corrupt and ineffective governance structures, and the harsh conditions of subsistence agriculture in their home villages or small towns compels youth to seek opportunities outside their home region.

It may be noted that Dolly has also authored Life and Dignity: testimonies of sexual violence in Dimapur Nagaland (2015) while Bengt. G. Karlsson is professor of Anthropology at Stockholms University and a committee member of the Swedish Research Council and is a working member of the Royal Swedish Academy of letters, history and antiquities. He has authored Unruly Hills; A political Ecology of India’s Northeast (2011).

After launching the book, there was panel discussion with director, Information and Public Relations Limawati Ao, assistant director of Employment and Entrepreneurship Zubemo Lotha Tsanglao, Nagaland state coordinator Northeast Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) Sentimongla Kechu and proprietor of Elysium Enterprise and director and co-founder of Colesseum Tech Solutions Pvt. Ltd registered in Hyderabad, Ben Imchen.

The discussion dwelt on the various reasons why people from Nagaland and Northeast go outside the state and its impact. The launching programme was attended by advisor IT, Science and Technology and NRE Mmhonlumo Kikon, Youthnet members, students, youth and others.

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