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India’s Low-Hanging Economic Fruit Is In The East – The North East

It is good that the verdict of the 2014 general elections is clear and not a fractured one like in 1996 or 1998. The new BJP Prime Minister will find an economy that is on the slide, unemployment on the rise, and security threats worsening due to the emergence of a new cold war, among other things. On... 

Manipur: How To Kill A Highway

The malaise in Manipur continues to undermine Manipur’s ethnic equity and economic development- including the promise of hydrocarbons and minerals. Image Credit: Google Maps. The highway and its hinterland have more sinister applications than micro-politics and emotions run amok. Malaise de Manipur,... 

Oil Exploration: Boon Or Bane For Manipur

Manipur has been known as a ‘golden land.’ True indeed, as oil is today’s gold and deposits have been confirmed in several parts of the region. One might presume oil and natural gas discovery in Manipur could propel strife-torn, conflict-ridden, cash-strapped, places like Manipur to new economic... 

Unleashing Wrath Of The State Government On JCILP And Students After The Ukhrul Debacle

In the morning of September 9, 2014, the first day of Tarpon, when SMS started circulating about the twin ambushes at Manipur State forces by suspected NSCN-IM, receivers read the messages with disbelief. It is another thing that by a twist of fate, the victim turned out to be a Tangkhul (thus adding... 

Forest Cover Has Shrunk By 100 Sq Kms: FSI

IMPHAL, Sep 21: According to a biennial report of the Forest Survey of India (FSI), the State’s forest area has shrunk by 100 sq kms. Meanwhile, experts have warned that water shortage would grow more and more corresponding to the degree of deforestation. A barren hill side which has been burnt (Image... 

North East In India’s Agenda: Transition From Pretensions To Real Actions

The North East has all along been treated as the target for application of pretentions and insincerity by the federal government of India so far. Any development intervention has all been pretentious efforts to hoodwink and inculcate a culture of corruption among the population in this region. Even the... 

Maharaja-In-Council Of Manipur For Customary And Religious Matters Of Its People

The kingdom of Manipur began to exist centuries before Christ, unlike the Kingdom of Great Britain, which came into being only from 449 A.D. when Teutonic wild Tribes, the Angles, the Jutes and Saxons from the sea coast of North Germany landed in the Island, then mainly occupied by its autochthon people,... 

Dance: The Tool Of Sanskritisation Process In Manipur

Manipur, lovingly called the Sanaleibak or the land of gold, had various clans and tribes rooted in her soil. The seven major clans Khábá, Cenglei, Luwáng, Khuman, Moiráng, Angom and Ningthoujá integrated to form the Meiteis. The hill people like the Nagas, Kuki-Chins and the Mizos added palpably... 

Need For Organic Farming Strategy In Manipur

Concept of Organic Farming Organic farming is a holistic production management system based on basic principle of minimizing the use of external inputs and avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to ensure sustainability of agriculture. Organic agriculture finds reference only in one... 

Sustainable Development Goals In Manipur’s Context

Manipur provides lucid examples of sharp dichotomy in processes of defining sustainable development goals in a post 2015 era and of deepening perpetuation of development injustice. Intricate and intensive efforts for defining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development... 

Black Day Solemnly Observed At Sadar Hills

Black Day observed at Sadar Hills. (Image Credit: The Sangai Express) KANGPOKPI, Sep 13: The Kuki Black Day or Sahnit Ni was observed in Sadar Hills to mark the deaths of Kuki people killed during the ethnic clash which broke out in the 1990s. People clad in black abstained from daily activities. Black... 

The Kuki-Naga Conflict In The Light Of Recent Publications II

Some Critical Observations on the Recent Books Recently two doctoral theses on the Kuki–Naga conflict have been published as books. Singh (2008: x–xi) identifies the Kuki–Naga conflict as an ‘extension of the conflict due to the claim over a territory as one’s own exclusive homeland by ethnic... 

Myanmar Rises In India’s Strategic Calculus

English: Burma (Myanmar) (dark green) / ASEAN (dark grey) (Image Credit: Wikipedia) India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Myanmar on Aug 8-11 to attend a number of meetings held in Nay Pyi Taw to boost New Delhi’s ties with ASEAN and other Asia-Pacific nations. Swaraj also held...