Historical Chronology Of Kuki People From B.C 700-1919 A.D

Origin: Kuki people are Tibeto-Burman Mongoloid-Jewish ethnic community, separated by the three international boundaries of India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. It is believed that the Kukis emerged out from a cave called ‘Khul’ [1] somewhere in central China. The so stated cave is believed to be the present ‘˜Great Wall of China‘ built by Qin Shi Huangdi during the 17th century. About...

Do Heed The PC Tag, Mr. PC

It is not often that the top honchos from Delhi deem it worthy to pay a visit to Manipur and as things stand today or maybe till yesterday, any trip to the North-East by the dhoti clad or suited, booted political class from Delhi is almost always taken as something of a foreign jaunt. At least this was the impression that has been created and though the North-East may now figure in Delhi’s scheme...

Talks With Rebels On PC’s Manipur Agenda

IMPHAL, Dec. 13: Union home minister P. Chidambaram will visit Manipur for two days from tomorrow to review the law and order and the progress of the ground work for holding talks with the Kuki militant groups that signed a tripartite suspension of operations with the state government and the Centre. The home minister will arrive at the Tulihal airport here by an air force plane from Guwahati in the...

Kuki Civil Organizations Press For 6th Schedule

IMPHAL, Dec 13: A joint meeting of the Kuki civil organizations held today at Munpi village, Chandel district has demanded extension of 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution to the tribal inhabited areas of Manipur. The meeting held at the head office of Gunpi Kuki Chiefs’ Association was attended by representatives of the Kuki People’s Forum, Kuki Chiefs’ Association Tengnoupal,...

MNRF Lambasts UNC’s Demand

IMPHAL, Dec 6 : Recalling the erstwhile slogan of NSCN-IM ‘˜nothing more, nothing less than sovereignty‘, which has eventually transformed to Naga integration, the Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) noted that the UNC has been openly supporting and  advocating the NSCN-IM’s demands by imposing bandhs and blockades every now and then thereby causing untold misery to the people...

India’s ‘Lost’ Jews Seek A Place In Israel

Every year, Jews from around the world migrate to Israel, a process known as aliyah, a Hebrew word meaning “ascent.” But for the Bnei Menashe community of India, who believe they are descendents of one of the 10 lost tribes of ancient Israel, the road has been long and fraught with difficulty. While almost 2,000 members of the group have been allowed to come to the Jewish state from their...

Separate Kuki State Demand Put To Sonia

LAMKA, Nov 13: The Kuki State Demand Committee, a lesser known entity, yesterday reminded the visiting AICC President, Sonia Gandhi of the need for a separate Kuki State to resolve the long standing problems of the Kuki people as a part of resolving the prolonged unrest besetting Manipur. The Kuki National Assembly had as early as 1963 submitted a memorandum for a separate Kuki State as it was clear...

The Kukis And The SoO: The Road Ahead

The historic tripartite SoO (Suspension of Operations) that was signed between the Government of India, State Government (Manipur) and the Kuki revolutionary groups under the umbrella of a common bilateral platform called the UPF (United People’s Front) and the KNO (Kuki National Organization) in New Delhi on 22nd August 2008 under a certain set of ground rules was represented and inked by DS...

Manipur Under Eye-conomics Scanner!

Writing this article in lighter vein, the base of this therefore is not on any scientific research work, nor of any extension of economic theories, nor of any economic survey; but simply on pure observation which I called EYE-CONOMICS! The Traffic Signal System [TSS] – a second debut If installation of the TSS as of now is any indication, later than sooner the flicking of the three traffic lights...

Implications Of Chieftainship Under Indian Democracy

Traditional political life of the Kukis is deeply rooted to their customary laws in their society. The socio political institutions are closely entrenched with other institutions. Their system of political institution is based on Kinship relations and is termed as a mere ‘Social Organization’ distinguished from ‘Political Organization’ of civilized community, whose authority...

Oh, Manipur! Will It Turn The Corner?

Image Credit: Outlook India It is often with a resigned ‘Oh, Manipur’ and a shrug that observers refer to what is widely perceived to be the Northeast’s most difficult problem area. The record of violence, alienation, multiple insurgencies, human rights violations, ethnic conflict, extortion, corruption, missed development opportunities, stand-offs, protest and despair is certainly...

Land Rights, Autonomy And Conflict In Manipur

Introduction The North-East in general and Manipur, in particular, has been in the throes of a violent conflict in recent times. The momentum gained by the Naga political movement in the state has revived and intensified strife between the Nagas and the Meiteis. The conflict can be understood in the context of territorial claims postulated by both the Nagas and the Meiteis in their construction of...

Forced Migration, immigration, Racism And Xenophobia In North-East India

Literally, all the four key words in the title of the MCRG’s third winter course on forced migration – forced migration, immigration, racism and Xenophobia are either correlated or synonymous. The first two relates with movement of people owing to various factors in which racism is one of most important one. Racism induced people to flee their original or habitual place of settlement within...