Rising Autonomy Movement in North-East India: Repercussion of Article 3 and the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India
Today, the region North-East India has been witnessing increasing movements for autonomy in one form or the other. The movements across the region have varied nature. Some of the movements are for Autonomous District Council status while the others are for a separate political entity, the so-called Union Territory or State within the Indian Union.The crux of these movements had its origin in the provisions contained in Article 3 as well as the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India. In one way, these provisions licensed the different ethnic groups, both tribal and non-tribal, living in the Region to embark on the politics of regionalism and autonomy as a part of their political gimmicks. This Paper shall analyse the different aspects of the movements now surfacing in the Region as a whole and will suggest its remedies too.
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