Travelling west from Myanmar to northeast India, it feels like you are looking at the same painting from a different angle. The people are the same, their problems and concerns are the same, so is the decades-old disconnect with the rest of the nation and the issues arising from polarization of society and the resultant vote-bank politics.
It is said that barring the Aryans and the Muslims, all the residents of northeastern India came from China via Burma. It is a deprived, unequal and discontented society, which offers unlimited potential for a bumper vote harvest if exploited. In the British era, Christian missionaries reined in the violent sections of society through education and conversion to Christianity. After Independence, the equations changed and in many areas, the subterranean lava began erupting.