Book Review: Strangers of the Mist by Sanjoy Hazarika

Hazarika’s academic work on the North East reflects his background in journalism, human rights activism and his lived experiences as a citizen of this region. Although it was written in 1994, this book remains one of the most important pieces of literature on the region and has shaped much of the discourse. It is interesting to revisit it in the context of the controversy surrounding the updating of the National Register of Citizens in Assam. The question of who can be considered an Indian echoes the sentiments behind many of the nationalist rebellions in the region.