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Which First—Peace Or Development? Justice First!

Which first, “Peace” or “Development”?—has been a very purposeful and fundamental question in the conflict and violence ridden Manipur. The argument goes… When peace is in its best position, development will flourish, or in the absence of development, peace has no chance. The contextual... 

Preliminary Report —Manipur South: The Earliest Archaeological Site

Kathong Chingjao, situated at the southernmost hill ranges in the Chandel district of Manipur is a historical site ever known by the people for the last many decades. The journey from lmphal to Kathong Chingjao via Sajik Tampak is about four hours’ drive covering 120 km. On the visit onward from Chakpikarong... 

Pawns In Conflict Zones

In conflict areas such as Manipur, civil society is transformed into an extension of the conflict zone, with each conflicting party setting up its own ‘civil society’ proxies — including student wings, women’s wings and civil rights campaigns. Pradip Phanjoubam reports Imager Credit:... 

Manipur’s Cinematic Journey

MORE than 40 feature and non-feature films packaged the first-of-a-kind Manipuri Film Festival entitled “Nongpokthong – The Eastern Gate” held in Delhi last month. Screened at various colleges like Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia, the presence of Manipuri filmmakers, directors,... 

Indian Water Policy: British Period To Post Independence

As far as access to water by the majority is concerned, the water policy in India appears to benefit the powerful and the rich. At present in Manipur Loktak Project Khuga Dam & Tipaimukh Dam are planted by water policy. During the British rule, this was in favor of the imperial powers. Later, after... 

Wind Of Change In North Africa And West Asia, Partial Mixture Of Fukuyama And Moisi

Ever since the young educated vegetable seller who set himself afire on December 17, 2010 to express his frustration over daily humiliation, a result of the corrupt system in Tunisia, at the hands of elements contributing to the harsh rule of the now-ousted Tunisian President Ben Ali, supported by the... 

Fostering Civil Military Relations – A Legal Perspective

The abject failure of the military approach (Jeevan Reddy Committee Report: 2005) adopted by the Indian State to combat the armed movement in Manipur might have propelled the holding of the Seminar on Fostering Civil – Military Relations at the Manipur University in January this year. The event which... 

Scams Plague Incredible India

India is becoming a land of scams and scandals questioning the honesty and integrity of Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, Brilliant and Brave Generals and great organizers. From Bofors to recent absolutely not clean Commonwealth Games, Sukhna land deal, Adarsh Housing Society fraud in the name of Kargil... 
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Tribals – Who Are They?

The terms ‘Tribals’ and ‘Tribal People’ have not been precisely defined in the Constitution of India. A skillfully coined phrase ‘Scheduled Tribe’ occupies a large portion of the Constitution. But the Constitution does not define Scheduled Tribes as such. Article 366(25) refers to Scheduled... 

As India Rises, Northeast State Wracked By Chaos

In his years as a police officer in the badlands of Manipur, Khaidem Muhi had his weapon seized by insurgents so many times that he was banned from the force for 12 years. Back on the job last month, the 50-year-old was guarding the home of a government official when a homemade grenade, tossed from a... 

Child Marriage, Drug Abuse And Unemployment In Manipur

Spring season is the most enchanting and serene of all seasons. Plants revitalize and bloom with colorful scented flowers. This season is where every weather elements are synchronized providing the finest time of marriage. Cosmic factors and other factors also favor marriage and this is the reason for... 

Elections come And Go, But The Immigrant Issue Goes On Forever

A quarter century post the Assam Accord, political parties in the state still seek votes on the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigration, reports KUNAL MAJUMDER THE BORDER district of Dhubri, sandwiched between the Brahmaputra and Gangadhar rivers in Assam, has traditionally been a river port. After... 

The Truth About Gorkhas In Manipur

I, on behalf of the Gorkha/Nepali community of Manipur take this opportunity to clarify and request the concerned organization to go into the facts pertaining to allegations prompted against the Gorkha/Nepali. Whereas, time and again, it is alleged that the Gorkha/Nepali have encroached the lands of...