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Bibliothèque Customary Land use Pattern of the Tribals in Manipur: a case study of the Zeliangrong Community in Tamenglong District

Customary Land use Pattern of the Tribals in Manipur: a case study of the Zeliangrong Community in Tamenglong District

Customary Land use Pattern of the Tribals in Manipur: a case study of the Zeliangrong Community in Tamenglong District

Land in the Zeliangrong community is controlled under the customary land tenure system in which the village owner (Nampou) governed granting equal access to all the families within groups with common lineages. The increase in complexity due to rapid changes in domestic situation through government policies led to the alteration of traditional land tenure systems in Tamenglong District.

This article focus on the mushrooming evidence of problem between the domain of formal and customary tenure systems where opportunity resides with a potential contributors to effective cooperation between tenure regimes.   

It also highlights the privatization of community land for commercial purposes and rise of private interest only due to economic challenges. Particularly, no documentation of customary property rights system resulted difficulties on the part of the Nampou to provide tenure security and create dilemmas among the villagers who live at the mercy of the Nampou. The customary tenure system seems to be collapsing slowly because of the emerging patterns of growing inequalities provoked by local politics, church, access, control and ownership by few.

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