Concept Note: The North East India comprises of 8 states, namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. The North East India is the home of more than 220 ethnic groups. It is also evident that out of the 325 languages listed in the ‘People of India’ project of Anthropological Survey of India, 1985, 175 belong to the Tibeto-Burman ethnic group residing in the region. The North East India comprised of three administrative units, such as, the British India Province of Assam and the two princely states of Manipur and Tripura in pre-independent era. Accordingly, different pattern of governance for administering North East India or the erstwhile Assam was also opted namely, normal provincial administration for Assam, rule of Maharaja with suzerain power to British in Manipur and Tripura and exclusion of Hill Areas of undivided Assam from reform. In fact, autonomy movements and politics of regionalism have been experienced in the region since colonial era. In fact, autonomy movements and politics of regionalism are interlinked and inseparable particularly in the context of North East India. Autonomy movement emerges out of the ethnic consciousness and urge for preservation of ethnic identity. The strong urge for autonomy led to the formation of political parties; and autonomy movements in extreme form culminated into activities of insurgency and secessionism. In this regard, the formation and activities of Khasi National Durbar, Naga Club and Naga National Council in preindependent era could be cited. It is evident that ethnic dimension has been one of the most important components of regionalism in North East India. Formation of Garo National Council (GNC) in Garo Hills, Mizo Union (M.U) and United Mizo Freedom Organisation (UMFO) in Lushai Hills, Eastern India Tribal Union (EITU) and All Party Hill Leaders Conference (APHLC) in hill areas of undivided Assam was in pursuance of desire for autonomy which emerged in the form of politics of regionalism only. Autonomy movements and the desire of tribals of the North East India for autonomy culminated in to the incorporation of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly. However, the Naga National Council (NNC) led by A.Z. Phizo rejected the Sixth Schedule provision and the NNC movement for autonomy resulted into secessionism. The secessionist movement of the NNC in Nagaland was followed by Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram, People Liberation Army (PLA) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) in Manipur, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) in Assam and Tripura National Volunteer (TNV) of Tripura etc in the North Eastern Region. In such a way regionalism in extreme form has resulted in insurgency and secessionist movement. Politics of regionalism in North East India was advocated and championed after independence among the hill districts of undivided Assam by The Eastern India Tribal Union (EITU) and All Party Hill leader Conference (APHLC). Subsequently, four states, namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland have been created from undivided Assam province as a result of the autonomy movements and politics of regionalism. Regionalism becomes a striking feature of Indian Political system in general and North East India in particular. Thus, the feeling of regionalism and desire for autonomy consequently led to the formation of regional parties in all the states of North East India in the post independent era. Regional parties claim themselves as voices of the region and they try to fill up the power vacuum. On the other hand, autonomy movement of various dimensions has been found in the region up till now. So, it is high time that intellectual, academic community, bureaucrats and political leadership of the region ponder over the problems and academically deliberate so as to assess the problems with objectively. Keeping the above objectives in mind a national seminar is being proposed in which the following sub-themes can be deliberated upon by the delegates. Sub-Themes 1. Autonomy movement and ethnic issues. a) Concept of autonomy and its status in colonial period. b) Internal Displacement and Migration c) Movement for autonomy. d) Ethnic relations: Tensions and conflicts. e) Insurgency. f) North Eastern Areas Re-organization Act, 1972 and Re-organization of the region. 2. Politics of Regionalism. a) Genesis and emergence of regional parties. b) Role of regional parties in creation of U.T, States and other constitutional bodies. c) Nature, functioning and role of regional parties in governance and socio-economic development. d) Achievement and drawback of regional parties. e) Status of regional parties vis–a-vis relationship with national parties. 3.Democratic Decentralization and Local Government. a) b) c) d) Status of the Sixth Schedule and its functioning. The Fifth Schedule. PRI. Non PRI-Traditional Village and Local Administration. Accommodation and TA: Accommodation will be arranged for outstation participants on advance request. Accommodation will be provided on twin sharing basis for outstation participant (Research Scholar). Organizer will not provide TA for paper presenter. Selected outstation paper presenters are encouraged to arrange financial support for their TA from their parent organisation. However, paper selected from Research Scholar may be provided TA in land route. Climate: The temperature of Aizawl during the month of March is normally bright, sunny and pleasant. It is likely to be between 18—24 Degree Celsius. Registration Fee: a) Outstation Participant: Rs 1500/b) Local participant: Rs 700/c) Research Scholar of Mizoram University: Rs 500/**Outstation participants have to pay the Registration fee on arrival of the Venue. Registration fee includes Seminar Kits, snack and Lunch during Seminar. Contact Address: Call for Papers Papers relating to above themes are invited from academia, professional, NGOs/activists, media persons, research scholar and students. Scholars who are interested to participate in the Seminar may send research paper to the Seminar Coordinator or Joint Coordinator. An abstract of the paper not exceeding more than 500 words (not more than one page) may be sent through email— [email protected] A Two Day National Seminar On AUTONOMY MOVEMENTS AND POLITICS OF REGIONALISM IN NORTH EAST INDIA Important dates to Remember: a) Last date of Submission of Abstract: 30th September 2014. b) Intimation of Acceptance of Abstract: 10th October 2014. c) Last date of submission of Full Paper: 10th December 2014. 11th& 12th March 2015 #Submission of full paper after last date will not be entertained in any manner. ## Referencing of full paper should be APA Format. Publications: Selected paper will be published in the form of an edited Volume with ISBN number. Regarding the selection of papers for publication, the decision of the Editorial Board shall be final and binding. Organized by Department of Political Science Mizoram University, Aizawl, India. a) Dr. J Doungel Convener of the Seminar & Head of Department Department of Political Science, Mizoram University. Cell Phone No--+919436148905 Sponsored by b) Dr. AyangbamShyamkishor Joint Convener Department of Political Science Mizoram University. Cell Phone No--+919436351749 NERC, Shillong & Mizoram University.