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Blame The Racists, Not The Victims

In a pathological society where gender prejudices dictate the society’s moral assumptions and perceptions, girl-victims of crimes are often stereotyped and denounced by the society as “cheap” and “loose”. The morbid reaction of male hypocrisy towards the recent racist-murder of late Juliet... 

Why Not ATSUM-T Or UNC Or NSCN-IM Impose Economic Blockade For 10 Years?

I was really very unhappy when the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM-T) suspended its proposed indefinite blockade of National Highways and ban on National projects in the State beginning from midnight of 20 October, 2014. I would like to make a personal appeal to ATSUM-T or UNC or NSCN-IM... 

Attacks On People Hailing From NE In Mainland India – A Personal Observation

I was in Manipur during mid-October and as expected, I was bombarded with questions on the reasons for “frequent attacks against NE people in Mainland India, especially Delhi“. To make matters worse a series of incidents were reported during this week. The Bangalore incident where a student... 

Why Are People From Northeast Feeling Alienated?

The lack of seriousness in dealing with ethnic hostility has made matters worse The recent incidents of ethnic hostility against people from the Northeast have once again exposed the glaring misunderstanding and prejudice of the mainlanders towards people from the region. In Bengaluru, three men attacked... 

ILP – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Bihari migrants have taken Manipuri surnames – someone has issued the papers. Bangladeshis and Nepalis besides other non locals, possess local residential certificates and voter ID Cards– someone has issued the papers. That someone is and always will be an educated son of the soil. Following this... 

India Can Stop The Mauling, Harassing, And Killing Of Northeasterners—Yet Chooses Not To

The government has to create educational and employment avenues in the north-eastern states. (Image Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi) Everyone’s asking why. There’s been another spate of crimes on northeast Indians this month—attacks on Manipuri students in Bangalore, on workers from Nagaland in Gurgaon,... 

Unrealistic Unity In Diversity Of The Indian Masses

Under the aegis of Senapati district administration, a literary competition on various disciplines based on ‘Unity in Diversity’ was held on the 10 October 2014, at block level as qualifying rounds-the final rounds of which is scheduled to be held at Senapati district head quarter on the 27-28 October,... 

Northeast And The Fraught Question Of Racism In India

The death of Nido Taniam, a 19-year old boy from Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi on 29 2014 after a racially-inspired assault has put the issue of racism within India in the spotlight. Historically, India was loath to countenance the fact of racism within its borders. This reluctance to face up to the reality... 

Indian Racism Steps Out Of The Closet

Indian racism has stepped out of the closet, on to the streets. The hidden and hence the acceptable has now got the license to attack those it finds different, and converts into objects of hate and targets of violence. Indians from the North East and Africans are facing the brunt of this in Delhi that... 

INDIA: Denial Won’t Wish Away “Indian” Racism Against North Easterners

They did not speak Kannada, the language of the state they live in. They, therefore, were “legitimate” targets of violence in a city that has benefitted the most from India’s shift from Nehruvian Socialism to free market economy. The fact that they contribute to the city, and the province’s income,... 

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... 

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... 

Outdated Ideas Of Conflict Resolution

The direction of scraping the nine Empowered Groups of Ministers and 21 Groups of Ministers by the Prime Minister’s Office to expedite the process of decision-making and “usher in greater accountability in the system” and subsequent announcement to replace the Planning Commission was considered...