Multiethnicity, Religions, and Trading Communities in Moreh Border Town, Manipur State

  • Aphirat Kamwang Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia Salaya, Budhamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand
Keywords: Multiculturalism, Borderland, India-Myanmar Border

Abstract

Moreh, a town in Manipur, shares a border with Myanmar and serves as India’s gateway to ASEAN. Its multicultural population, settled along the border transit routes, have been developing cross-border trade for half a century. This research focuses on these cross-border connections with data collected from fieldwork according to anthropological and sociological discipline principles to investigate the borderland situation since 2014. The findings reveal the community formations, religious practices, adaptations and a variety of expressions of identity, which make the heart of the borderland a multicultural society. The border markets have become a hub for a variety of products new to the locals, who have adapted their tastes to match the utility of new choices, and thereby revealing a fascinating dynamic to business. Groups involved in economic activities have developed trade practices that meet the demands of the period. Meanwhile, the Indian Government tries to accelerate progress by advancing borderland management.

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Published
2020-06-17
How to Cite
Kamwang, A. (2020). Multiethnicity, Religions, and Trading Communities in Moreh Border Town, Manipur State. Walailak Journal of Social Science, 13(1), 67-103. Retrieved from https://so06.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/wjss/article/view/188427
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Research Article