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...

India Can Stop The Mauling, Harassing, And Killing Of Northeasterners—Yet Chooses Not To

The government has to create educational and employment avenues in the north-eastern states. (Image Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi) Everyone’s asking why. There’s been another spate of crimes on northeast Indians this month—attacks on Manipuri students in Bangalore, on workers from Nagaland in Gurgaon, and the death of a young woman from Mizoram in Delhi. But we’ve been here before—and convened...

Northeast And The Fraught Question Of Racism In India

The death of Nido Taniam, a 19-year old boy from Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi on 29 2014 after a racially-inspired assault has put the issue of racism within India in the spotlight. Historically, India was loath to countenance the fact of racism within its borders. This reluctance to face up to the reality of racism assumes a different character when it involves the ‘Mongolian fringe’ in the Northeast....

INDIA: Denial Won’t Wish Away “Indian” Racism Against North Easterners

They did not speak Kannada, the language of the state they live in. They, therefore, were “legitimate” targets of violence in a city that has benefitted the most from India’s shift from Nehruvian Socialism to free market economy. The fact that they contribute to the city, and the province’s income, meant nothing. That they pay taxes that keep the country afloat had no value. They were, after...

‘Foreign Tourists Inflow To NE Has Increased By 27 Percent’

SHILLONG, Oct 14: Foreign tourists’ inflow into Northeastern states has increased by over 27 per cent last year against a national growth of only 5.9 per cent, a top Union Tourism department official said here on Tuesday. “The number of foreign tourists visiting the Northeast region has increased by 27.9 per cent in the past one year,” Union Tourism Ministry Secretary Parvez Dewan told...

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...

EDITORIAL: Manipur’s Mayday! Naganised Trojan Horse

There is no point in beating around the bush for as we had noted in this column on May 27, diplomacy as a policy is dead, it is passé’.  The proposed visit of Mr. Nephiu Rio and his Cabinet colleagues to Senapati today is something much more than opening a chapter of the Naga Peoples’ Front in Manipur. It is nothing short of a version of the legendary Trojan Horse, the difference being...

EDITORIAL: Studying May 28, May 30, The NPF conundrum

The situation calls for statesmanship of the highest order. It also calls for a mature response from the people, particularly the Meitei community. On May 28, Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio along with some of his senior Cabinet colleagues are set to arrive at Senapati district headquarters to formally kick start the formation of the State unit of the Naga People‘s Front, the political party,...

BRIEF NEWS: May 08, 2011

Road mishap claims couple IMPHAL, May 7: A couple has been killed in a fatal road mishap that occurred at Utlou along Imphal–Churachandpurroad at about 8 am today. The couple was travelling in an auto-rickshaw when the auto-rickshaw was rammed by a Tata Winger passenger van(MN-05C/0254). Five others including a child sustained injuries. A police source informed that one tire of the Winger...

Gamlin Sworn In As AP CM

ITANAGAR, May 6: Power minister and government spokesman Jarbom Gamlin was sworn in as the new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday evening. Governor General (retd) JJ Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Gamlin at a simple function at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here. Earlier in the evening, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) met here to elect the successor of Dorjee...

AP CM’s Body Arrives In Itanagar

ITANAGAR, May 5: The body of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in a helicopter crash along with four others, arrived in state capital Itanagar Thursday. All the five bodies were retrieved from the crash site located near the Sela Pass, at about 13,700 feet altitude on Thursday morning. “The bodies of the two pilots are charred beyond recognition and it would probably require...

BRIEF NEWS: May 06, 2011

State schools IMPHAL, May 5 : With a view to the impart computer education to students of 260 schools under the Government of Manipur, the State Government has signed an MoU with a firm based outside the State in this regard. An official source informed that students and teachers would be given computer training under Boot Model (Boot–Built Own Operated and Transfer) which was initiated by the Centre...

Arunachal CM Killed In Chopper Crash

NEW DELHI, May 4: Government on Wednesday indicated that Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu and four others may not have survived the crash of the helicopter in which they were travelling on Saturday. “From whatever I can piece together the information from the information given by the villagers and assuming it to be true, I am afraid the news is grim and sad,” home minister P Chidambaram...