North-East: Accepting The Idea Of India

WHEN the North-East of India comes up for discussion in a public forum or figures in media coverage, the stock phrases used in conversations or dialogue usually give the impression that the entire region is engulfed in strife and confrontation. I am willing to bet that a majority of stories would be inspired by phrases such as “ethnic tension”, “racial discrimination”, “trouble spot”, “conflict...

Blame The Racists, Not The Victims

In a pathological society where gender prejudices dictate the society’s moral assumptions and perceptions, girl-victims of crimes are often stereotyped and denounced by the society as “cheap” and “loose”. The morbid reaction of male hypocrisy towards the recent racist-murder of late Juliet Zonunmawi in New Delhi was utterly pathological and dehumanizing. Morality seems to be irrelevant so...

EDITORIAL: Vocal Silence

It could not have been due to sheer ignorance and no it could not have been due to sheer arrogance either, but the silence maintained by the common people of Manipur when the whole country was tuned into the voice of protest led by social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare for a more effective Lok Pal Bill  is simply astounding. This is all that more so given the fact that the Hazare wave had started...

UKLF Welcomes Ceasefire, Resumption Of Peace Talks

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF) has welcomed the ceasefire agreement and resumption of peace talk between the Government of Mizoram and the Hmar People’s Convention Democratic (HPC-D) at Aizawl on November 13, 2010. In a press release, the outfit’s commander-in-chief SS Haokip appealed to both the Government of Mizoram and HPC-D to sincerely take the peace dialogue to its...

Mizoram Gears Up To Eradicate Poverty

Aizawl, capital of Mizoram. Image Credit: Burma Monitor AIZAWL, Jan 15: For the first time not only in the North East but also in whole of India, the New Land Use Policy, a flagship program of Mizoram Government has been launched in seven districts of the State yesterday. The policy envisages to eradicate poverty in Mizoram in 10 years. Chief Minister of Mizoram Lal Thanhawla launched the policy in...

Happy Hours Are Here Again, Mizos Get Rid Of ‘˜Dry’ Tag With A ‘˜Love Potion’

JESUS IS said to have turned water into wine. Now, Mizoram is trying its hand at wine-making to turn its grape industry around. It has started producing wine of its own, joining the likes of Goa and Maharashtra that produce indigenous wine. Interestingly, Mizoram is a ‘˜dry’ state where liquor production and consumption is prohibited. But it is eager to get rid of the ‘˜dry’...

Mizoram Tour: An example In Traffic Discipline

IMPHAL, Nov 25: Though the roads in Mizoram are narrow and steep, like in the hill areas of Manipur, there is discipline among the drivers of various vehicles plying on the road, thereby minimizing the possibility of causing any sort of inconveniences to the people during traffic jam which is unavoidable. One of the main problems that the Government and the people alike face in Aizawl every day is...