50 years Of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958

SOMETIMES IN moments of solitude, I can’t help but ponder deep down and often found asking myself the inevitable question. Are we, India as a nation, really independent in the true sense of the word? In spite of attainment of independence way back in 1947, I strongly can’t help but feel we still need to go a long way in becoming an independent nation in its truest sense. There seems to...

Manipuri Is Not Merely A Dance

The Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in east Imphal is jam-packed with women. Most of them mothers, aged between 70 and 75. They have been there from early dawn, perhaps skipping their breakfast. Tension was palpable in the atmosphere. Gun toting khaki clad policemen menacingly observed the scene, outside the hospital gates. Media persons jostled for vantage points. Anxiety and anticipation writ on every...

Fringe States

The irony is visible and audible. It is seen on the streets of Jammu and Kashmir where young boys barely in their teens come out to engage the security personnel armed with sling shots or sheer bravado or anger and frustration. It is also seen in the North East region, especially Manipur, where women folk who play an active role in society staged a nude protest in front of the Assam Rifles gate at...