‘Foreign Tourists Inflow To NE Has Increased By 27 Percent’

SHILLONG, Oct 14: Foreign tourists’ inflow into Northeastern states has increased by over 27 per cent last year against a national growth of only 5.9 per cent, a top Union Tourism department official said here on Tuesday. “The number of foreign tourists visiting the Northeast region has increased by 27.9 per cent in the past one year,” Union Tourism Ministry Secretary Parvez Dewan told...

Making A Deal For Manipur

Positions have hardened to the point of great imminent violence in the state: there may not be a Manipur as we know it. A file photo of NSCN (I-M) cadres. The greatest bulwark against an NSCN (I-M) assault is the Indian Army, its adjunct force Assam Rifles and paramilitaries like the Central Reserve Police Force. Image Credit: AFP The middle-aged Naga rebel looks out of the window. Hard rain masks...

JCILPS Conducts Survey On Non-Locals In Imphal East

IMPHAL, Oct 11: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) has conducted a survey of non-locals today morning in Chingmeirong area, under Wangkhei Assembly Constituency in Imphal East district. Addressing a press meet today at its office, BK Moirangcha, co-convener of JCILPS said that the survey on non-locals has been taken up by the JCILPS after constituting a committee known as Joint...

Feminist Discourse And The Fear Of Patriarchal Backlash

“The world is still run by men and I kind of think we can do it better,” quipped the Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg. Naga/Meitei/Kuki women admittedly are fairly circumstanced as compared to their counterparts – woman in the traditional Naga/Meitei/Kuki society being conceived not as mere human embodiment, but deified as divine companion, violation of whose modesty by any form of physical...

Dialogue With NSCN (IM): 6th Schedule Offer Turned Down In The Course Of Negotiation

IMPHAL, Oct 9: With a view to resolve the vexed Naga insurgency issue, the Government of India offered 6th Schedule as a possible solution three times in the course of the ongoing political dialogue between New Delhi and the NSCN-IM leadership. One key Naga leader who is actively engaged in the ongoing peace process told The Sangai Express that the Government of India is still unable to work out an...

The Naga Insurgency: The Past And The Future

Insurgency has been defined as a protracted struggle conducted methodically, step by step, in order to attain specific intermediate objectives leading finally to the overthrow of the existing order.1 In modern times, insurgency covers a full spectrum of conflicts ranging from subversion, to guerilla warfare and the convergence of guerilla bands into regular units to fight in a conventional manner....

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 top of it all are the heightened expectations of a young and restless population. But the first challenge...

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, a worrying condition of sub-continental drift, has a way of infecting things. It weakens India’s...

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 and political heights, liberating them from shackles of poverty, conflict, political imbroglios, and...

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 another number of Tangkhul killed by NSCN-IM) and the injured – a Meitei and a Kuki, thus nullifying...

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 Credit: The Sangai Express) According to a high ranking official of the Forest Department, forest...

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 North Eastern Council has been nothing more than a medium for providing parking space to outdated...

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, called Celts, later on came to be known as Britons, from which derived the name, Britain. The name,...