Honorable And Acceptable Final Settlement Of Indo-Naga Peace Talk

Once Alexander, the great said “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”. We are happy to hear that a 10-member team of the NSCN-IM including Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman and Thuingaleng Muivah, General Secretary is meeting the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to find an honorable and acceptable final settlement of Indo-Naga Peace...

North-East: Accepting The Idea Of India

WHEN the North-East of India comes up for discussion in a public forum or figures in media coverage, the stock phrases used in conversations or dialogue usually give the impression that the entire region is engulfed in strife and confrontation. I am willing to bet that a majority of stories would be inspired by phrases such as “ethnic tension”, “racial discrimination”, “trouble spot”, “conflict...

Failed Dams In Manipur? Any Lessons Learnt

Singda Dam: The Place where the highest mud dam in India is built. (Image Credit: Wikipedia) Two parallel absurd realities fast unfold in Manipur. The efficacy of several commissioned mega dams Khuga dam, the Khoupum dam and the Singda dam and even the 105 MW Loktak project is increasing exposed, as evident by wide reporting on their non functioning of their vital components, of regular breach of canals...

Traditional Method Of Making Clothes Of The Zeliangrong

Material culture has two distinct but inseparable aspects. One aspect is the utilitarian side; it deals with the fulfillment of wants for biological livelihood of man, and its finish products appear different from place to place depending upon the natural conditions including the availability of raw materials. These products are, at the same time, the results of reason and can be considered as scientific...

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...

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...

The Meiteis’ Demand For Scheduled Tribe

There seems to be no sign of a let up in the upsurge of tribals’ sentiment, since the past several weeks, against the demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status by the majority Meitei community in the northeast Indian state of Manipur. Spearheaded by the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee of Manipur (STDCM), the callous demand of the STDCM has heckled the sensitivity of tribals in the state, and for good...

Understanding the Politics of Plebiscite —Towards Participatory Conflict Transformation—

Factors Triggering Plebiscite Proposal Responding to the call of the former State Governor, Dr SS Sidhu, for insurgent groups to shun violence and find peaceful democratic solution to the problem, the United National Liberation Front, UNLF, had floated a four-point proposal for holding plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations to resolve the Indo-Manipur conflict satisfactorily once and for...

Ethnic Identity, Conflict And Responses

THE North-East is a challenge to the Indian nation state. With more than 200 ethnic groups in the region, each asserting its “unique” identity and claim for political space, conflicts are inevitable. Identity formation is a complex process. The composite Naga identity, for instance, is a construct, not of the Nagas but of others who tried to define them. The etymology of the word “Naga” is...

Summer Of Manipur —Nature, A Best Lesson For The People & A Strategy To Do Away With It And Make A Better State

Ever since the attainment of Statehood, the common goals and aspiration of the people is peaceful coexisting among various ethnic groups and development issues being front pages for the Government of Manipur. Yet many things are undone and remain a dream to many. Even after 4-5 decades of attaining Statehood we are lagging behind others States especially in industrial and tertiary sectors of the economy,...

Defending Manipur: Beyond The Rhetoric Of Khongjom Day

Manipur commemorates the Battle of Khongjom (1891), the decisive battle of Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891 that brought Manipur under the effective control of British Indian Empire. Some Manipuri historians and politicians will acknowledge this battle of Khongjom, not without reasons, as “the last battle” fought by any “Indian princes” against the Colonial British. It is another matter that majority...

Human Rights And Police

Introduction Human Rights are something we cannot live without. Only by the virtue of being human,  we all are equal  in dignity and rights, each of us is  worth of being honored and  living with full enjoyment of life, liberty, equality and dignity no matter how one’s race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status...

Corruption Still Incurable?

“Corruption is the enemy of development and good governance and we should seek systemic changes to deal with the issue” is what President Pratibha Patil urged the Government and Opposition in her Republic Day speech. Though corruption is not a unique Indian phenomenon, it is all-pervasive. Recently it becomes the most serious problem of the country. A series of scandals, scams like the Adarsh Society...