A Professor’s Homesick Film

Bimol Akoijam’s take on diaspora, brain drain and the intractable problems facing Manipur Angomcha Bimol Akoijam, an Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, wears many hats. He is a regular commentary junkie in TV and press, a film critic, a writer, a frequent speaker in national seminars and workshops circuit, a rights crusader and is also one of the most articulate living Manipuris...

From Manipur, Stories Of The Women Actors Who Didn’t Get To Play Mary Kom

Lin Laishram lounges on the verandah of her four-storied home in Imphal, dressed in a T-shirt and track pants. At 5’9”, she is tall for a Manipuri woman. An actor and a model, she has spent more time trying to crack the Mumbai circuit than she has in her hometown. Among a handful of actors from the northeastern region in the Hindi film industry, Laishram had auditioned for the lead role in Mary...

Sadar Hills Movement And Its Impact

The Sadar Hills Movement in Manipur may be divided into two Phases. The first phase covered the period from 1971 to 2010, while the Second is the Public Movement that occurred in the year 2011. Sadar Hills movement can be termed as Public Movement in view of the mass response and mass participation and also the fact that the issue has gone up to the level of the Union Govt. It is also referred to as...

Time To Say Cheers?

Misdirected? At least 70 people died in Mizoram due to spurious liquor during 17 years of prohibition (Image Credit: Tehelka) After 17 years of being a dry state, Mizoram is relaxing its curbs on alcohol. Ratnadip Choudhury explains how the booze ban was a bane in the Christian-dominated state. James Pachuau, 23, takes out his Royal Enfield motorcycle every late afternoon and zips down the roads of...

Shoppers Cannot Get Enough Of Namphalong

Going to Namphalong, I expected the Burmese would talk about the clamp down, illegal migrants and chucking the Junta out. To my utter surprise, they were painfully passive, they didn’t mention anything about the regime and it was clear that they only wanted to talk about the border town business. The military imagery we have of the country is very strong, the vigil of the security guards from both...

The Endless Kabaw Valley

A book titled, The Endless Kabaw Valley (British created vicious cycle of Manipur, Burma and India) authored by Dr Th. Suresh Singh and published by the Quills Ink Publishing would be released on August 20 at Manipur Press Club. The book puts light on boundaries of controversial Kabaw Valley (including role played by the Britishers), Nehru’s mishandling of the same, unclear Pemberton Line including...

Holy Alliance Between UNC And NPF

NSCN(IM)’s Manipur project, which is being implemented by the United Naga Council (UNC), alleged several times as a frontal organization of NSCN (IM) by dependable sources including the Government of India, for a way out for the Manipuri Nagas from Manipur has been losing ground in Manipur particularly in the hill districts in the last few years. The UNC ‘press release’ movement in the name of...

Kaladan Corridor Project Likely To Be completed by 2016: VK Singh

India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. (Image Credit: The Hindu) NEW DELHI, Aug 14: Two major transport projects –Kaladan Multi-modal Transit and India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway — which will link India with a number of ASEAN countries are likely to be completed by 2016. Union Minister V K Singh said this while noting that the two projects will open up the northeastern region...

Manipur Pays Homage To Martyrs; Patriots’ Day Observed Far And Wide

IMPHAL, Aug 13: In commemoration of the supreme sacrifices made by Thangal General, Bir Tikendrajit and others in their struggle against the onslaught of British imperialism, the Patriots Day was observed today all over Manipur and beyond. The main function was held at Pheidabung, BT Park where Governor VK Duggal led the gathering in offering floral tributes to the martyrs. Chief Minister O Ibobi,...

Existence With ILPS Is Our Birthright And We Will Have It

Sit-In-Protest at Kha Naorem Leikai and Thongju Pechu Lampak demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit System. (Image Credit: E-pao.net) We’re holding a mirror to history. History is looking at us. The United States of Manipur (USM – union of seven Meitei principalities and the chiefdoms of Tangkhul, Kukis, Kabuis and other smaller tribes) finds no relief in its long suffering with arthritis,...

August 13: Patriots’ Day “Freedom They Lost, But Love Of Freedom They Retained”

August 13 is an important day for the people of Manipur. It is on this day that 123 years ago the two brave sons of Manipur, Jubraj Tikendrajit Singh and Thangal General laid down their lives for the cause of their motherland. They were patriots of the first rank. Tikendrajit Singh by his martyrdom has well earned a place among the national heroes of India and his portrait is included in the National...

India, ASEAN Likely To Sign FTA This Month

NAY PYI TAW (Myanmar), Aug 10: India and the 10-nation ASEAN are likely to sign the long-delayed free trade agreement in services and investments later this month when their economic and trade ministers meet here. Foreign Ministers of all ASEAN countries as well External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has hoped that the pact will be finally signed during the four-day-long meeting of Economic Trade...

What Should The State Government Do For Implementation Of The Inner Line Permit System In Manipur?

Now all sections of people except the hill people are demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit System (Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation -1873) in Manipur. One such permit system was implemented in Manipur during 1901 to 1950 to control entry of Non-Manipuris from outside the state. This Permit system was brought under the Foreigners Department on 1 November, 1931. Such a permit system ensures...