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EDITORIAL: Idea Of Manipur As A Geo-Political Reality: Picking Out The Chaff From The Grain

Without a doubt the idea of Manipur as a geo-political entity or a reality has increasingly come under the scanner, especially in the last 20 years or so, more so after the Government of India inked the peace deal with the Naga rebel group, the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN on August 1, 1997. This... 

Shall We Demand Inclusion Of The Meiteis In The Schedule Of Tribes Of India First For ILP System?

On August 4, 2014 Dr. Thokchom Meinya, MP made a strong point in the Lok Sabha in favor of enforcing Inner Line Permit System in Manipur. The issue has been placed on the floor of the Parliament. Back home the State Govt. has constituted an all party 13 member committee on Aug 06, 2014 headed by Deputy... 

Influx: An Expedition For Silent, Bloodless Conquest?

Migration broadly refers to change of residence across an administrative boundary, and this change can be inter-continental, inter-national, inter-regional, inter-state, rural to urban et al. Migration can be classified as voluntary movement–when people willingly leave their homes in order to improve... 

Inner Line Permit

When a smaller entity gets merged to a bigger entity, it will face danger of losing its identity though it will have the advantage of belonging to a bigger one. Manipur’s position is similar. The advantage it gets after merger, of protection or employment in small measure etc is offset by the threat... 

Mostly, Manipuri Tribals Are Targeted In Delhi, Why?

A notion exists and it says that all the murders, molestations, rapes and beatings against Manipuri in Delhi happened to Manipuri tribals (Scheduled Tribes) only who largely settle in the hilly regions of Manipur and whose religion is largely Christianity, while Manipuri Meiteis (General, OBC, SC) whose... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Ganja Jaunts : A Theory Of Manipur

Here is a question which is never going to come up in any competitive examination: What’s common about Nagas’ Alternative Arrangement, Kukis’ Homestate demand, Meiteis’ claim for ST status, and a bomb blast in front of the almost fortified CM’s bungalow, nearing Independence Day? The answer... 

Made In Manipur, Serving In Other Places

Speak of territorial integrity of Sanaleipak, every thinking soul will be ready to preserve, promote and belong to this beautiful 22,327 sq.km piece of land. The wonderful climate with varied colorful customs and culture add to the glory of Manipur which is second to none. We not only lead in drugs,... 

Exposing The Urgency Of Manipur NSCN-IM

Political pundits are of the opinion that the political movement of NSCN-IM (frontal organizations included) has reached its zenith at least in the case of Manipur. Difficulty to manage the outfit’s demands at the constitutional level by India have turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the Union... 

Assam Violence: Has Indian Nationhood Failed To Embrace The North Eastern Community?

The panic in Bangalore, and to a lesser extent some other Indian cities, among North-East communities, has once again brought to the fore the vexed question of whether the people from this peripheral region — even those who have come to be domiciles of major Indian cities — have managed to emotionally... 

Let’s Stop Pretending There’s No Racism In India

Most Indians think racism exists only in the West and see themselves as victims. It’s time they examined their own attitudes towards people from the country’s North-East The mysterious death of Loitam Richard in Bangalore, the murder of Ramchanphy Hongray in New Delhi, the suicide by Dana...