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...

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...

Why Not ATSUM-T Or UNC Or NSCN-IM Impose Economic Blockade For 10 Years?

I was really very unhappy when the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM-T) suspended its proposed indefinite blockade of National Highways and ban on National projects in the State beginning from midnight of 20 October, 2014. I would like to make a personal appeal to ATSUM-T or UNC or NSCN-IM kindly to impose an economic blockade for at least ten years at a time on any pretext. ATSUM-T or UNC...

State’s Trade Potential Tabled At SASEC Summit At Nepal

IMPHAL, Nov 7: The State’s transport infrastructure and trade potential were tabled at the South Asia Socio Economic Cooperation (SASEC) working committee submit held at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 4. SASEC is a regional economic forum of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Transport infrastructure and trade and commercial activities are being developed/promoted in SASEC countries...

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...

‘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...

Making A Deal For Manipur

Positions have hardened to the point of great imminent violence in the state: there may not be a Manipur as we know it. A file photo of NSCN (I-M) cadres. The greatest bulwark against an NSCN (I-M) assault is the Indian Army, its adjunct force Assam Rifles and paramilitaries like the Central Reserve Police Force. Image Credit: AFP The middle-aged Naga rebel looks out of the window. Hard rain masks...

Feminist Discourse And The Fear Of Patriarchal Backlash

“The world is still run by men and I kind of think we can do it better,” quipped the Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg. Naga/Meitei/Kuki women admittedly are fairly circumstanced as compared to their counterparts – woman in the traditional Naga/Meitei/Kuki society being conceived not as mere human embodiment, but deified as divine companion, violation of whose modesty by any form of physical...

Manipur: How To Kill A Highway

The malaise in Manipur continues to undermine Manipur’s ethnic equity and economic development- including the promise of hydrocarbons and minerals. Image Credit: Google Maps. The highway and its hinterland have more sinister applications than micro-politics and emotions run amok. Malaise de Manipur, a worrying condition of sub-continental drift, has a way of infecting things. It weakens India’s...

Oil Exploration: Boon Or Bane For Manipur

Manipur has been known as a ‘golden land.’ True indeed, as oil is today’s gold and deposits have been confirmed in several parts of the region. One might presume oil and natural gas discovery in Manipur could propel strife-torn, conflict-ridden, cash-strapped, places like Manipur to new economic and political heights, liberating them from shackles of poverty, conflict, political imbroglios, and...

Unleashing Wrath Of The State Government On JCILP And Students After The Ukhrul Debacle

In the morning of September 9, 2014, the first day of Tarpon, when SMS started circulating about the twin ambushes at Manipur State forces by suspected NSCN-IM, receivers read the messages with disbelief. It is another thing that by a twist of fate, the victim turned out to be a Tangkhul (thus adding another number of Tangkhul killed by NSCN-IM) and the injured – a Meitei and a Kuki, thus nullifying...

Maharaja-In-Council Of Manipur For Customary And Religious Matters Of Its People

The kingdom of Manipur began to exist centuries before Christ, unlike the Kingdom of Great Britain, which came into being only from 449 A.D. when Teutonic wild Tribes, the Angles, the Jutes and Saxons from the sea coast of North Germany landed in the Island, then mainly occupied by its autochthon people, called Celts, later on came to be known as Britons, from which derived the name, Britain. The name,...