Food, Famine and Consolidation of the British Rule in the Lushai Hills

Food, Famine and Consolidation of the British Rule in the Lushai Hills

ABSTRACT

Food has close ties with natural calamities throughout humankind history. Food and its various aspects is sometimes used as a tool to establish relation, influence and power. The annexation of Lushai Hills (Mizoram) to British Indian territory in 1890 has been studied by a host of indigenous scholars as well as outsiders. Most of these writings focus on the political perspective. In this article an attempt is made to relate food scarcity created by famine in the Lushai hills with the colonial annexation and subjugation of Mizos from foodie point of view.

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