Globalization And Its Impacts Deliberated

IMPHAL, Nov 18: Globalization and militarization in the name of development pose serious challenge to human security. This is the common observation of Dr Homen Thangjam and Soihiamlung Dangmei. Speaking at a panel discussion program on “Globalization and its impacts on development, ethnic relations and human security in Manipur” organized by National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO) at Kuki...

Honorable And Acceptable Final Settlement Of Indo-Naga Peace Talk

Once Alexander, the great said “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”. We are happy to hear that a 10-member team of the NSCN-IM including Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman and Thuingaleng Muivah, General Secretary is meeting the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to find an honorable and acceptable final settlement of Indo-Naga Peace...

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...

Narendra Modi Wants To “Act East” But Catching Up With China Won’t Be Easy

Pretty Photo, Paltry Trade. (Image Credit: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun) India’s “Look East” policy has transformed into the “Act East” policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he seeks to reinvigorate New Delhi’s relationship with Southeast Asia. At the annual summit of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Myanmar on Nov. 12, Modi laid emphasis on the re-engagement...

Survey Underway For Imphal Ring Road

IMPHAL, Nov 10: Survey for resettlement and rehabilitation of areas likely to be affected by greater Imphal ring road which would be constructed with necessary investment from Asian Development Bank (ADB) through South Asian Socio-Economic Cooperation (SASEC) has been initiated. The survey began after MK Mohanti and Associates was appointed as the consultant, informed an official source. After the...

ILP – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Bihari migrants have taken Manipuri surnames – someone has issued the papers. Bangladeshis and Nepalis besides other non locals, possess local residential certificates and voter ID Cards– someone has issued the papers. That someone is and always will be an educated son of the soil. Following this trend, the sinister is written on the wall. The moment ILP gets its legal sanction in Manipur and the...

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...

Solutions Within Framework Of Constitution: Naga Peace Talks To Be Expedited

GUWAHATI, Oct 25: The format of talks between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) has been changed with both sides agreeing to expedite the talks to find an amicable solution as soon as possible. The talks have been going on for the past 17 years without making much headway and the new Government at the Centre is keen on expediting the process of negotiations...

Unrealistic Unity In Diversity Of The Indian Masses

Under the aegis of Senapati district administration, a literary competition on various disciplines based on ‘Unity in Diversity’ was held on the 10 October 2014, at block level as qualifying rounds-the final rounds of which is scheduled to be held at Senapati district head quarter on the 27-28 October, the information of which was received on the block level prize distribution day, the 15th of...

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...

Racial Attack In Bangalore: Manipuri Assaulted For Not Speaking In Kannada, Told ‘This Is India Not China’

Michael Lamjathang Haokip at Kothanur police station. (Image Credit: Sudipto Mondal/HT Phot) In a fresh incident of a racial attack on people from the north-east, a Manipuri student leader was reportedly assaulted in Bangalore late on Tuesday, once again raising fears among the large north-east community in the city. According to Hindustan Times, 26-year-old T Michael Lamjathang Haokip, president of...

‘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...