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The Stumbling Blocks To Development —The Need To Introspect Within Us—

This piece comes after a flurry of views and counter views exchanged with a fellow writer in this paper (The Sangai Express) recently. For those who come in late, here is the account of what was going then: I wrote that jhum cultivation must be replaced with alternative crops like pineapple, orange,... 

“Jhum Cultivation … With Us”: Clarification

Mr. Th Mangminthang Gangte, at the outset, I express my gratitude for your rejoinder to my article “Jhum Cultivation must stay with us” published in The Sangai Express on 10/02/2011. Hadn’t you put up such rejoinder, this piece of article might not be written for public reading. I feel, you and... 

Jhum Cultivation Must Stay With Us!!!

These days, Jhum cultivation also known as ‘slash and burn method of cultivation’, ‘shifting cultivation’ etc has been under continuous scanner for its productivity and ecological viability. This form of cultivation is followed widely in almost all the North Eastern States including the hill... 

Pineapple Cultivation For Livelihood Security

A livelihood comprises the capabilities, assets (stores, resources, claims, and access) and activities required for a means of living; a livelihood is sustainable which can cope with and recover from stress and shocks, maintain or enhance its capabilities and assets, and provide sustainable livelihood... 

Delivering Resources To People: In The Context Of Manipur

Jhum Cultivation. Photo Courtesy: www.photoburst.net On April 10, 2009 issue of this newspaper, I had written an article titled ‘˜Hill Millionaires’. This article was written soon after my return from Ukhrul district where I had gone to plan for an Integrated Watershed Development Project... 

Jhum: Shifting Opinions

Over three decades ago, P.D. Stracey listed a number of problems caused by slash-and-burn shifting cultivation or jhum as commonly practised by indigenous tribes in North East India. This ‘˜primitive’ form of agriculture, according to him, resulted in serious environmental problems: loss...