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 also the fact that the issue has gone up to the level of the Union Govt. It is also referred to as...

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 Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) ‘expelled’ its ‘chairman’, S.S. Khaplang, on charges...

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 of the fateful day when his world came crashing down. On 15 August 1992, when the rest of the...

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 gone to launch a unit of his Naga People’s Front. This party’s manifesto speaks of integrating...

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 Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio himself launched his party’s Manipur unit in Senapati on 28 May. Manipur...

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 the state is too attractive to resist. My view is that it is the latter. Recently, Hagrama Mohilary,...

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 a normal life, including looking forward to voting on Monday, the second and final phase of polling...

How To Fix India’s Troubled North-East

Tucked away between China, Burma and Bangladesh, and linked to the rest of India by a sliver of north Bengal that arches over Bangladesh, India’s north-east is a region of amazing grace – charming people, ancient cultures and bountiful nature. The eight states of the north-east comprise a region of diversity. Image Credit: AFP As any shrewd observer of the world would deduce from this,...

Who Said Nagalim Is Utopia?

Bad new makes eminent good news for the Northeast! The oft-repeated whine that the region does not make it to national media headlines was compensated by the media bombardment on 24×7 news channels over the 68-day blockade of Manipur’s lifeline, National Highway 39, by the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur. The reason for the blockade could have been anything, since such blockades...

Tripura Bleeds ‘“ In The Crossfire Of Mainstream Political Parties And Virulent Ethnic Conflict

Tripura is a land-locked state with Mizoram in East, Assam in Northeast and 800 K.M. of porous international border with Bangladesh in North, West and South. With an area of 10,486 square kilometers covered by two third forest and one third of river valleys it is predominantly a hilly and often inaccessible area. It was traditionally the abode of about twenty tribes, who had their distinct traditions,...

Assam: Ethnic Clashes Threaten Prospect Of Peace

Just when the northeastern Indian state of Assam was hoping for peace after the largest rebel group, ULFA agreed for peace talks, the prospect of return to normalcy in the state suffered a huge setback with the outbreak of violence between two tribal communities who inhabit the district of Karbi Anglong. On first site, the violence appears to have ethnic color but a deeper probe indicates that there...

Will ULFA Wilt Under US Heat?

The United States has at last declared the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) a terrorist organization, twenty six years after this Northeast Indian separatist group’s formation and nearly five years after Washington has taken the lead in the global war on terror. In its 2004 Country Reports on Terrorism, the US has put the ULFA on its list of ‘other selected terrorist organizations’,...