From Owners To ‘Occupiers’

Generations of families have lived and fished on the floating islands of vegetation on Loktak Lake called phumdis. Now, claiming that the 10,000 phumdi dwellers are polluting the lake, the Manipur government is evicting them. Where will they go? They know no other way of life Read | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 5 | Ayingbi with daughter thoibi preparing lunch in their hut on Loktak Lake Forty-year-old...

Ibobi Singh Government Deludes AICC

‘India now seems to be a beautiful radiant bride. There are so many bridegrooms always around’. This was a lovely compliment from the Russian Ambassador to the rising India which is visited by the leaders of the most powerful countries of the world ‘“ the American President, the French President, the Chinese Premier, the Russian President ‘“ within weeks, and of course,...

AMWJU Stands Firmly Behind Arrested Editor, To Cease Work From Today

Scribes wait for a meeting with CM in front of his official quarters December 29 evening. IMPHAL, Dec 30: Standing firmly behind the Editor of Sanaleibak daily A Mobi, who is also the vice-president of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union as well as its spokesman, the Union has today dubbed the charges leveled against him by the police as a frame up. To protest the arrest of Mobi, all Imphal...

Indo-Myanmar Intelligence Sharing- Home Secretaries Meet, Details Discussed

NEW DELHI, Dec 30: Action against insurgent groups along the international border, tightening of intelligence sharing mechanism, arms smuggling and drugs trafficking were high on the agenda at the 16th Home Secretary level talks between India and Myanmar here today. The Indian delegation, led by Home Secretary GK Pillai, and Myanmar team headed by the country’s Deputy Minister for Home Affairs...

Art Exhibition Gets Underway

A young onlooker glances through the exhibition wall. IMPHAL, Dec 27: To encourage young artists and provide a platform to show-case their works, an art exhibition, which would go on till December 30, has begun from today at Manipur Press Club here. Aptly titled ‘˜Young Mood-II’, the art exhibition is being organized by Neo-Gen Contemporary Artists, Manipur and is being sponsored by Manipur...

State Media Woes Aired

NEW DELHI, Dec 27: An explicit account of the problems and difficulties being encountered by media fraternity in Manipur was presented before a sitting of the South Asian Media Com-mission here by commission member and Editor of the Ireibak daily Irengbam Arun. The sitting held today at India International Centre Annexe was presided by the commission’s president KK Katyal. The commission first...

APSCS Face To Face With The Union Home Minister At Imphal

Union Home Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram had a meeting with Governor Gurbachan Jagat at Raj Bhawan on the 15th of Dec, 2010 on the eve of his departure for the National capital. Chief Minister Shri O. Ibobi Singh was also with him during the meeting. The Association of Premier State College Seniors (APSCS) represented by four members submitted a memorandum to the visiting Minister. General Secretary...

MPP Celebrates 43rd Foundation Day

IMPHAL, Dec 26: The 43rd foundation day of the Manipur People’s Party was celebrated at the party’s office here today. MPP president Dr Nimaichand Luwang opened the function by hosting the party’s flag followed by the party’s legislature wing leader O Joy lighting up the functional lamp. Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, O Joy noted that many States of India are facing...

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...

Manipuri Shamanistic Music Reaching Out To Gen Next

A Manipuri 'Pena' The ‘˜pena’, a musical genre from India’s northeast associated with shamanistic folk rites from the pre-Christian era, is making its way into mainstream performances after roping in women and youth. Manipuri pena exponent and balladeer Mayanglambam Mangangsana is promoting the ancient bow lute, also called the pena, and ballads sung to its melody. ‘Two...

Assault On Woman Slur On SF Man

IMPHAL, Dec 21: Amidst growing protest of various organizations against violence on women, a young woman has been hospitalized after being assaulted by security personnel. All Manipur Students’ Guardians’ Association has strongly condemned the assault. The incident reportedly occurred yesterday afternoon near SBI, Secretariat Branch. The battered young woman has been identified as Konthoujam...

Protected/Restricted Area Permit For India

Beautiful North-East... The Foreigner (Protected Areas) Act requires foreigners to obtain a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit certain areas in India. This requirement is in addition to getting an Indian visa. In order to get this permit, you must meet certain requirements. Such restriction is in place due to security reasons. Even Indian citizens who are not residents of those areas require an Inner...

North-East: Unfinished Business

Pointers towards restructure, reform, reconciliation and resurgence in India‘s troubled frontier. This paper combines the Kamal Kumari Memorial Lecture delivered in Guwahati on April 18, 2002 and two articles entitled ‘Pilgrim’s Progress in Nagaland’ (Times of India, April 4, 2002) and ‘Open up to Integrate the Northeast‘ (Hindustan Times, May 2, 2002). I am...