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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... 

Bodies Condemn Roger’s Killing

IMPHAL, Mar 30: Different bodies have condemned the killing of Irom Roger of Wangkhei Angom Leikai in an incident in which Minister N Biren’s son N Ajay was involved. Decrying the incident, Committee on Human Rights (COHR) Manipur expressed serious concern over misuse of power by VIPs/MLAs and their... 

Anti-AFSPA Campaigner Gifts Electric Car

IMPHAL, Feb 1: Rallying for the cause of pollution free and environmental friendly lifestyles, editor co-ordinator of the Bangalore Rainbow Pao, a group of musicians, Baljit Malik today presented a Reva, an electric car to Wunghon village of Yaingapokpi today. Since Rainbow Pao performed a show to protest... 
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Ready To Face Multifarious Security Challenges’”Army Day Special

Indian Army soldiers present a march past to celebrate the Army Day, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 15, 2011. Indian Army celebrates January 15 every year as Army Day to commemorate the day, when General (later Field Marshal) K M Cariappa became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Armed Forces... 

Family Goads Sharmila To Carry On Unhindered

Dignified and determined lone crusader, Irom Sharmila Chanu. Image Credit: The Sangai Express. IMPHAL, Jan 10: Asserting that ‘˜Iron Lady of Manipur‘ Irom Chanu Sharmila should not give up  her struggle until fulfillment of the public demand for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers... 

21 Years Down The Line, RIMS Massacre Still Haunts

The scar still remains amid tributes paid to the victims. Image Credit: The Sangai Express. IMPHAL, Jan 7: Along with paying rich floral tributes to the victims, the RIMS Firing Victims’ Memorial Day was observed under the aegis of RIMS Firing Victims’ Memorial Day Observation Committee at... 

Heeding Irom Sharmila’s Argument

It’s been ten years since Irom Chanu Sharmila started her fast-unto-death. With no exceptions, hers would qualify to be the longest in the history of independent India. Liquid feeding through a tube attached to her nostrils keeps the 38-year old alive, although it is said to have weakened the resolve... 

CM Hints At AFSPA Status Quo In State

IMPHAL, Dec 11: Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has categorically stated that as of now there is no definite stand of the Government on removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 from entire Manipur although the Act has been withdrawn from seven Assembly segments on trial basis. Addressing a political... 

Amend At Least Some Portion Of AFSPA

The recent order passed by a Delhi court (The Patiala House court) directing the police to register a complaint of ‘Sedition’ against writer activist Arundhati Roy, Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and five others has again brought up the age-old question that whether Sedition... 

Festival Of Hope, Justice And Peace Concludes

IMPHAL, Nov 6: The festival of Hope, Justice and Peace that was kick started in commemoration of Sharmila’s decade long struggle against injustices and human rights abuses committed by armed forces under the immunity provided by AFSPA 1958 came to a sober close pregnant with profound insights. The... 

AFSPA And Unsolved Massacres In Manipur

HEIRANGOITHONG massacre: March 14, 1984: Thousands were watching a volley ball match at the Heirangoithong Volley Ball Ground in Imphal. Some extremists tried to snatch weapons from the CRPF personnel there which resulted in the CRPF beginning to fire killing five people. The injured extremists soon... 

Dignified 10 Yrs Of Fasting Demanding Revocation Of AFSPA Sharmila: Role Model For All Oppressed People

IMPHAL, Nov 2: Even as a large number of artistes led by eminent film maker Aribam Syam Sharma staged a day-long fast at Khoyathong here today in support of Irom Sharmila Chanu‘s ongoing campaign against AFSPA, a five day-long observation to mark completion of her ten years of struggle has started. Talking...