Student mobilization and state responses in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

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Student mobilization has been an important aspect of social movement studies. Student mobilizations for political reforms have taken place in different parts of the world. The student movements of Hong Kong and Taiwan for political and economic reforms have renewed the interest of studying student mobilization in the contemporary period. Comparative perspective of student mobilization and the state responses holds importance for theoretical and empirical research.In Northeastern part of India, student organizations have been involved in contentious politics concerning the identity of indigenous people and citizenship. Mobilization of student organizations in the region is based on citizenship frame. This study uses citizenship as a popular frame for mobilization following social movement literature by taking two case studies. This dissertation examines the two cases of student-led mobilization concerned on citizenship issues in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.Student organizations claiming to represent the indigenous people of the region mobilized due to perceived threats to identity. This study focuses on the framing processes of student mobilization in the northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on the issues of citizenship of illegal immigrants and refugees. Student mobilization has resulted in contentious politics in the region.
Supervisor: Pahi Saikia