Notes on Nagaland’s area

Agrawal, Ankush and Kumar, Vikas (2017) Notes on Nagaland’s area. Working Paper. Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

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Empirical research in economics and, to a lesser extent, in other social sciences is largely dependent upon government statistics. It is generally assumed that governments are committed to collecting and disseminating correct statistics. As a result, the mutually constitutive relationship between politics, economy, and statistics, and the possibility of systematic manipulation of statistics driven by the structural features of this relationship, has received insuf�icient attention within economics. This paper examines the implications of the absence of shared preferences over the quality of statistics within a government. It explores the multiplicity of con�licting maps of the State of Nagaland issued by different tiers and wings of the government to underscore the lack of attention paid to a statistic as crucial as area. The paper situates the cartographic-statistical confusion in its political and economic contexts, and suggeststhat political-geographic arguments are being used to advance political-economic interests along contested borders. It argues that the confusion is not amenable to a technical resolution as it islinked to the dispute over Nagaland’s place within the Union of India and the border disputes between Nagaland and its neighbouring states.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Authors: Agrawal, Ankush and Kumar, Vikas
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Area,Assam,Borderdispute,Census,Con�lict,Federation,India,Map,Nagaland, Population, Statistics
Subjects: Social sciences > Sociology & anthropology > Communities
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Working Paper
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