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 place under the chapter “Sustainable Agriculture”. The history and traditional knowledge of agriculture,...

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 mismanagement of fund by state mercenaries and (d) comparative underdevelopment that has serious repercussions...

Local Dynamics, Universal Context: Border Trading Through Moreh, Manipur

A small hill town in the state of Manipur bordering Myanmar, Moreh has come to be the focus of a great deal of attention since it was declared a Free Trade Zone by the Government of India in 1995. Though there are literally no reliable official estimates of the volume of the trade that passes through this town, the need for promoting trade through this point has by now produced a substantial body of...

The Terrorist Economy In India’s North-East — Preliminary Explorations

If entrepreneurship is the imaginative pursuit of position with limited concern about the means used to achieve the purpose, then we can expect changes in the structure of rewards to modify the nature of the entrepreneur’s activities, sometimes drastically. The rules of the game can then be a critical influence helping to determine whether entrepreneurship will be allocated predominantly to activities...

Microfinance Program In North-East India

A microfinance customer of Ujjivan Financial Services, a Bangalore-based Microfinance Institution. Image Credit: Microfinance Focus. Microfinance program, such as the SHG-BLP, has been extending credit to poor households using innovative delivery approach like group lending. In spite of being successful, there are still disparities in the program in its level of progress across different parts of the...

Manipur’s Economy: Historical Roots and Structural Evolution

Image Credit: The Hindu Manipur’s economy can be better comprehended through capturing its structural evolution, particularly from the colonial period. Deterioration of its economy despite independent India‘s free flow of fund calls for serious pondering. The same crisis is witnessed in the rest of the states in the region. The purpose of this paper is to argue that the economic as well...

Understanding Underdevelopment: State Of Economy In The North-East

Tea Gardens in the North-East... Indian intellectual discourse on development has conspicuously ignored the inextricable relationship between modes of development and modes of production. Instead, backwardness of the region has been analyzed through an a priori integrationist model working towards a monolithic discourse. In contemporary time, much polemical debates have revolved around the concept...

Border Trade Between India And Myanmar Through Moreh: Its Trends And Problems

Introduction: No economy in the world is perfectly independent. Every country is interdependent to one another economically. In the absence of international trade, it will be very difficult for a country to develop. As a result of this, international trade is regarded as the engine of growth of an economy. Border trade between India and Myanmar, which is a part of India’s international trade,...

India’s Look East Policy: Prospects And Challenges For North-East India

The disruption of old trade routes by the colonial rulers, India’s import substitution economy after 1947 and the 1971 Bangladesh war deprived Northeast India of its natural markets. Of late, there has been much talk about the potential of India’s Look East policy in transforming the region. The inclusion of Northeast as an important component of this policy in 2003 is dubbed as the new...

Jhum: Shifting Opinions

Over three decades ago, P.D. Stracey listed a number of problems caused by slash-and-burn shifting cultivation or jhum as commonly practised by indigenous tribes in North East India. This ‘˜primitive’ form of agriculture, according to him, resulted in serious environmental problems: loss of forest cover, erosion of topsoil, desertification, and declines in forest productivity.1 Others...

Bio-resources As Economic Growth Of North-East India: With Special Reference To Manipur

‘Biological diversity cures our ills. It also feeds us and provides raw materials for industry’ – WWF International The North-East India (located between 87°32’E to 97°52’E latitude and 21° 34′ N to 29°50’N latitude) is a genetic treasure house of plant, animal and microbial resources. The region forms a distinctive part of the Indo-Burma Hotspot which...