End This Extremism

The Indian policy has swung from one extreme to another ‘” from supporting the pro-democracy forces led by Suu Kyi to the other extreme, alarmed by the Chinese inroads into Myanmar, of total support to the military Junta In her speeches, statements and interviews since her release from house arrest by the military Junta , Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar pro-democracy leader, has already given...

Misinterpreted IT dreams In The North-East

‘˜At every juncture in the history, we have recognized, the way to move forward in our lives and as a nation, is to put education first’ ‘“ Barack Obama, President of USA. This saying holds true for every society in the civilized world and the improvement of education is a must in the development of the backward and topographically isolated Northeast region of India. There is a...

The Myth Of Matriliny, Empowerment Still Eludes Meghalaya’s Women

At 25, Bris, a resident of Meghalaya, is the mother of 10 children with the eldest being a little over 10 years. Bris has no clue about how to prevent another pregnancy. Neither does her husband who, in any case, feels that having babies and looking after them is a ‘woman’s job’. It is another matter that the couple can barely eke out a living from the hill farming that they rely...

The Future Of North-East ‘”Need To Look East Or Look All Around

Intelligentsia and policy makers in most quarters of North-East and New Delhi popularly believe that the future prospects of development and political stability of North-East India lie in the ‘˜Look East’ policy. They stress that communication channels need to be drawn through Myanmar and Thailand and trade links be established with the ASEAN Block in South-East Asia. As it is, North-East...

Manipur Assembly Session In December

IMPHAL, Nov 22: The winter session of the Manipur Assembly is likely to be held on December 22. The decision was taken by the Manipur Cabinet with the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh in the chair recently. The seating is likely to last two days. For the time being there is no proposal for electing the Speaker of the Assembly. The Deputy Speaker Kh. Lokeshwor has been presently looking after the post after...

Manipur Gets Bumper Mustard Crop With New Technique

IMPHAL: After successful cultivation of oil seeds such as mustard under zero tillage cultivation formula, Manipur has started to apply the same principle on pea for the first time. The new method of cultivation without any form of fertilizer has been initiated under State Agriculture department’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) method of cultivation with the additional technical inputs from...

India And Myanmar: Looking East Through A Strategic Bridge

How significant is Myanmar to India‘s calculations? This paper examines the feasibility of closer India-Myanmar relations, under the larger diagram of India’s Asia-centric Look East Policy (LEP). It delves into the major obstacles, the headway made so far and avenues that hold the potential for the same. UNDERSTANDING MYANMAR’S STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE Myanmar holds the promise of tremendous...

Suu Kyi’s Release: As The Dust Begins To Settle

The release of Nobel laureate and the symbol of Myanmar‘s pro-democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi on 13 November 2010 saw celebrations not only among pro-democracy groups in Myanmar, but also supporters worldwide. This sudden benevolence on the part of the military junta-backed government of Myanmar is not completely surprising. Suu Kyi’s sentence had been increased under the...

China, Myanmar Plan High-Speed Rail Link

BEIJING: China and Myanmar will soon hold discussions on a high-speed rail link between the two countries that is expected to boost trade and economic development in the region, a media report said on Monday. The rail link, covering 1,920 km, will connect China’s Kunming city, the capital of Yunnan province, with Myanmar’s largest city Yangon. The talks will begin in about two months,...

Is Justice K.G. Balakrishnan Holding A Devil’s Brief, Asks ALRC

The opinion expressed by Justice K. G. Balakrishnan on encounter killings – a euphemism for extrajudicial executions in India – that ‘encounter killings’ are sometimes unavoidable is condemnable. That the former Chief Justice of India, now heads the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), paints a depressing picture for the victims of extrajudicial executions since the Chairperson...

Manipur Bleeding

Image via Wikipedia Manipur in far northeast corner of India burns again. Indeed, it burns round the year with multiple socio-political crisis and communal clashes. Three people killed yesterday at Nagaland ‘“ Manipur border town of Mao Gate in a protest against Manipur Government’s decision to disallow T. Muivah ‘“ a leader of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN...

Indian Army And The Legacy Of Rape In Manipur

In the Indian narrative of progress and development, the North East has always remained in footnotes. While mainstream media rarely takes notice of the violence caused by Indian Army in the North East, recent outpour of extreme resentment at the military forces did shake both the media and the state as forty Manipuri women –twelve of them naked– stormed the Army headquarters in Imphal,...