Anomalies in Manipur’s Census, 1991-2011

Agrawal, Ankush and Kumar, Vikas (2020) Anomalies in Manipur’s Census, 1991-2011. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED, Bangalore.

[img] Text
Download (1MB)


This paper examines Manipur’s census statistics for the period between 1991 and 2011. It argues that conventional demographic factors cannot explain the abnormal population growth rates reported in parts of Manipur and that the abnormalities in the headcount might instead be explained by the manipulation of census data driven by political and economic considerations. Manipur’s experience is used to draw attention to systemic problems related to the inadequacy of metadata supplied by the Census of India, the lack of guidelines for the correction of census data, the impact of political interference on data quality and the cascading effect of errors in fundamental statistics such as headcount on other government statistics.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Authors: Agrawal, Ankush and Kumar, Vikas
Document Language:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Census, Coverage error, Data quality, Delimitation, Ethnic Conflict, Manipur, Nagaland, Over-enumeration, Senapati
Subjects: Social sciences > Public administration > General considerations of public administration > Public administration of general forms of assistance > Census and surveys
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Working Paper
Full Text Status: Public
Related URLs:
Note: The working paper series aims at reflecting the range of work done across the Azim Premji Foundation, including the Field Institutes and the University, and disseminating this work to a broader audience. University faculty, members of Field Institutes of the Foundation as well as students graduating from the University may contribute to the series. The findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in these papers are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Azim Premji University.
Publisher URL:

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item