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Politics: Manipuri Style

In the last Manipur Legislative Assembly elections held in February 2000, three alliances contested. The first alliance – the ruling parties constituted the United Front: the Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP), the Federal Party of Manipur (FPM), and both regional parties. The Indian National... 

Building a Transport GIS In Manipur

Manipur is one of the seven North-Eastern States in India with a total area of 22,327 sq. km.and a population now of just over two million. Imphal, the centrally located capital has an elevation of about 800m above sea level .To the east and south east of Manipur is Myanmar, to the north is Nagaland;... 

Women Vendors Burning Midnight Oil To Eke Out A Living

Who says that business in Khwairamband Bazaar closes at 9 pm? No, one is not talking about the kiosks, manned by girlishly painted young women at Keishampat junction. Here one is talking about poorly dressed housewives, who are coming here to eke out a living by selling vegetables etc. in the ‘night... 

Hope And Despair

Naga HoHo Chief M.Vero has pointed out that “The Meiteis have nothing to fear. We do not demand that the state of Nagaland be extended into Manipur. What we have asked for is an extension of the ceasefire.” The question arises now as to what is the connection between the stand taken by NSCN... 

Naga HoHo’s Goodwill Mission Makes Absolute Sense

A definite yes when one talks about living together as good neighbors. If the Naga HoHo is what it is- the apex body of all Naga tribes- then its decision to embark on a Goodwill mission would not have come at a better time. Suffice it to say, that due to the mess created by the Ceasefire Extension Agitation,... 

Invasion And The Blockade

Naga Solidarity as evidenced by the arrival of Nagas from Nagaland at Senapati is another affront to the people of Manipur and coupled with the threat of blockading the National Highways 39 and 53 by various Naga Organizations, it seems pretty ominous as to the state of affairs that might befall on Manipur’¦.. Paul... 

Kashmir And The North-East

Kashmir as history goes has always been the point of contention between India and Pakistan since the time of Partition. Both countries have gone to war a few times and nothing much did come out of it. Yet this northernmost state of India seems to have hogged the limelight almost all the time with the... 

Is Privatization The Need Of The Hour?

We may begin with a simple question; whether expansion of any kind is possible without efficient operational flexibility? I think this is the crux of the issue. When we talk of globalization, it simply implies the fact that competition of any sort should not be confined to a particular territory. Competition... 

Kuki Defense Force And The Bandh

The 13-Hour Bandh called by the Kuki Defense Force in protest against the Ceasefire Extension will also be scrutinized for the simple reason that it is a Bandh called in the Hill Districts of Manipur, something that has not been done yet. The success of the Bandh will reinforce the fact that the Hill... 

Peace For Nagalim And Mayhem For The Rest

If Minister of State for Home I D Swami’s view that “destabilizing three states to bring peace to one being not wise in the larger interest of the country and the North-East” is any indication of the mood prevailing in New Delhi, then perhaps they might have probably started thinking... 

Loktak Lake: A Ramsar Site In Trouble

With natural habitats of wildlife shrinking, a big question arises: Is it really possible to prevent wildlife from extinction? If it is, then we ought to ask ourselves whether the threat to wildlife could be given a higher priority and find out ways and means to check it. Perhaps, extinction is the ultimate... 

A Mockery Of Democracy

The MPs and the MLAs are a troubled lot with the ire of the public beginning to be directed more often. This is the frustration that is being acted out from the people of Manipur who feels that these representatives have actually lost touch with the issues and the emotions of the people well before this... 

Appeasement And Treachery In High Places

In mid-1997, the I.K Gujral government arrived at a Ceasefire Agreement with the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah). It was not a comprehensive ceasefire. It extends only to one- albeit the main – insurgent group. Its territorial spread was limited to Nagaland, although the activities...