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Sadar Hills Movement And Its Impact

The Sadar Hills Movement in Manipur may be divided into two Phases. The first phase covered the period from 1971 to 2010, while the Second is the Public Movement that occurred in the year 2011. Sadar Hills movement can be termed as Public Movement in view of the mass response and mass participation and... 

Nagaland: Revolt Within A Rebellion

Fresh feuding has broken out among Naga rebels twenty-three years after a bloody internecine struggle left scores dead and an insurgency divided. Another split is now threatening to impact on the protracted Naga peace process. On June 7, 2011, a meeting of the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist... 

Assam Rifles To Parade Poor Youth In Fake Surrendering Drama

The youth will be made to surrender in front of CM O Ibobi Singh, while arms have come from Kuki militants Umar Farooq. Image Credit: Tehelka Around 45 youth from Thoubal, the home constituency of Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, will surrender before him on Tuesday, 14 June, creating a stir... 

Peace In Sight, ULFA Victims Speak Up

As the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) prepares for peace talks with the Centre, the victims of its terror demand a say in the process. FOR 18 YEARS, Bhobendra Chandra Kalita, 48, has been lying crippled in his house at Chamatiapara of Assam’s Darrang district. Almost every night, he has nightmares... 

Forcing The Issue

NAGALAND chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s 28 May foray into Senapati district of Manipur, which is part of the map of “Nagalim”, despite strong protests from that state government, is like throwing down the gauntlet for Manipuris to pick up. The response will be interesting to watch. Rio had ostensibly... 

Manipur’s New Party May Root For Greater Nagaland

Launch party: The event that shook Manipur. Image Credit: UB Photos EMOTIONS ARE running high and rhetoric is thick in the air in state capitals Kohima and Imphal over a new development — the launching of the Manipur state unit of the party that rules Nagaland — Naga People’s Front (NPF). Nagaland... 

Children’s Court Condemns ‘Act Of Intolerance’

THE pressing need to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, was once again emphasized last week in Imphal — this time at a children’s mock parliament organized by the Justice for Peace Foundation and various human rights activists to mark 53 years of the enactment of what has come to... 

When Regret Is Meaningless

WHEN rebels who have wreaked havoc, killed in cold blood and held the state to ransom begin to indulge in soul-searching, it can only mean two things. They either do not have the stomach to battle it out in the wild because they have crossed the threshold of youth; or the ransom they have extracted from... 

BRICS Works For Shared Prosperity

The BRICS mechanism is not in competition with other mechanisms. It is open, transparent and inclusive and will always follow the principle of consensus building. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at the Phoenix Airport in Sanya, China on Tuesday to attend BRICS summit. In the past decade, the BRICS... 

Militarism And The Future Of Democracy In Manipur, Impressions From The Field

While most of the States in Northeast India are slowly but steadily edging towards the resolution of the multiple armed conflicts that have plagued them for decades, Manipur continues to remain unstable. In Assam, the dialogue process is underway with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). In Nagaland,... 

Terror-Free Assam Eyes A New Script

For the first time in decades, development rather than extremist violence or rhetoric takes centre stage NALBARI/NAGAON/BARPETA (Assam): Nankarbhaira village in Assam’s Nalbari district saw a lavish wedding last year after many decades. Free from the fear of insurgency, this village is now leading... 

Militarization, Its Effects On Socio-Economic & Political Life In NE

Heavy militarization in the region has great impact on the governance of the people and food security. In the name of maintaining law and order, the State used military forces to suppress the democratic rights of the people. People are threatened when they raise their voice against any injustices meted... 

Barua-Rajkhowa Gulf Not That Unbridgeable

ULFA’S elusive self-styled ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Barua now seizes every opportunity that comes his way to stay in the public eye and also make his outfit’s presence felt. On 28 March, the day Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to arrive in Guwahati for an election campaign, Barua loyalists...