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China At Your Doorstep: Looking East From India’s NorthEast

Myanmar and India have followed separate political paths since independence only to find it converging in recent times. Myanmar’s other neighbor China has had a much larger footprint in the country. India has to calibrate its engagement with Myanmar to not just effectively implement its Look East... 

China’s Second Coast: Implications For NorthEast India

Northeast of India has been in the news recently with the coming to power of the new NDA government at the Centre. With the appointment of Gen (Retd) V. K. Singh, former Chief of Army Staff, and now a federal minister of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), the arresting signs are... 

The Naga Insurgency: The Past And The Future

Insurgency has been defined as a protracted struggle conducted methodically, step by step, in order to attain specific intermediate objectives leading finally to the overthrow of the existing order.1 In modern times, insurgency covers a full spectrum of conflicts ranging from subversion, to guerilla... 

Need For Organic Farming Strategy In Manipur

Concept of Organic Farming Organic farming is a holistic production management system based on basic principle of minimizing the use of external inputs and avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to ensure sustainability of agriculture. Organic agriculture finds reference only in one... 

The Kuki-Naga Conflict In The Light Of Recent Publications II

Some Critical Observations on the Recent Books Recently two doctoral theses on the Kuki–Naga conflict have been published as books. Singh (2008: x–xi) identifies the Kuki–Naga conflict as an ‘extension of the conflict due to the claim over a territory as one’s own exclusive homeland by ethnic... 

The Kuki-Naga Conflict In The Light Of Recent Publications

This brief article critically reviews various recent essays and publications on the Kuki–Naga conflict of the 1990s. The conflict has resulted in uprooting hundreds of villages, with the loss of more than a thousand lives, destruction of valuable properties and internal displacement. While British... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland IV

Women’s Engagement with the Underground On a previous occasion, we had written that in conflict areas women do not face only one patriarchy but multiple patriarchies.31Another reality in a conflict area is that women are forced to deal not just with the state machinery of violence but also with the... 

Politics Of Ethnic Conflict In Manipur

This article analyses the conflict between the Kuki and Naga ethnic groups in the state of Manipur in North East India and attempts to understand why tensions arose in the first place and remain today between the two ethnic groups despite the formal cessation of hostilities in 1997. This ethnic conflict... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland III

Lived Experiences: Impact of Conflict on Women While all these were happening, the Naga women were still trying to make sense of the conflict. Nira Yuval-Davis once stated that women have a dualistic relationship with the state: “On the one hand women are always included, at least to some extent, in... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland II

Governance through Extraordinary Powers: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act One of the preferred modes of governance in Nagaland and Manipur for the Indian government in the last century was through extraordinary powers. AFSPA was a takeoff, with certain modifications, from the Armed Forces (Special... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland

Once conflict starts in the developing world, it is a protracted process. Numerous countries in Asia and Africa have endured decades of armed conflict. Other countries have lived under the permanent menace of political violence. Indeed, in many countries ceasefires and peace accords have resulted in... 

A Preface To Racial Discourse In India: North-East And Mainland

Racial ideology in Indian society, though not recognized by the government or academic circles, is experienced on a daily basis by people from the north-east in mainland India. With the deaths of Richard Loitam in Bangalore and Dana Sangma in Gurgaon in April 2012, the accumulation of experiences and... 

Manipur Mortgaged

Introduction Specter of economic crisis looms over Manipur. It is a crisis characterized by: (a) dependence on the import of commodity and money, (b) capital accumulation at the market dominantly controlled by Indian monopolists that the drain wealth of the people, (c) corruption, misappropriation and...