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Dance: The Tool Of Sanskritisation Process In Manipur

Manipur, lovingly called the Sanaleibak or the land of gold, had various clans and tribes rooted in her soil. The seven major clans Khábá, Cenglei, Luwáng, Khuman, Moiráng, Angom and Ningthoujá integrated to form the Meiteis. The hill people like the Nagas, Kuki-Chins and the Mizos added palpably... 

Politics Of Ethnic Conflict In Manipur

This article analyses the conflict between the Kuki and Naga ethnic groups in the state of Manipur in North East India and attempts to understand why tensions arose in the first place and remain today between the two ethnic groups despite the formal cessation of hostilities in 1997. This ethnic conflict... 

Shall We Demand Inclusion Of The Meiteis In The Schedule Of Tribes Of India First For ILP System?

On August 4, 2014 Dr. Thokchom Meinya, MP made a strong point in the Lok Sabha in favor of enforcing Inner Line Permit System in Manipur. The issue has been placed on the floor of the Parliament. Back home the State Govt. has constituted an all party 13 member committee on Aug 06, 2014 headed by Deputy... 

Ganja Jaunts : A Theory Of Manipur

Here is a question which is never going to come up in any competitive examination: What’s common about Nagas’ Alternative Arrangement, Kukis’ Homestate demand, Meiteis’ claim for ST status, and a bomb blast in front of the almost fortified CM’s bungalow, nearing Independence Day? The answer... 

The Meiteis’ Demand For Scheduled Tribe

There seems to be no sign of a let up in the upsurge of tribals’ sentiment, since the past several weeks, against the demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status by the majority Meitei community in the northeast Indian state of Manipur. Spearheaded by the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee of Manipur (STDCM),... 

Marriage Solemnizes Hill-Valley Alliance

IMPHAL, Apr 30: Encouraging inter-caste marriage, which was widely accepted in Manipur before the ad-vent of Hinduism and the notion of purity or impurity created a wall among the indigenous people, Sana Konung Uttra Shanglen yesterday hosted a wedding ceremony between a Kom girl and a Meitei boy. The... 

Cheiraoba – The Meitei New Year Day

This year, Sajibu Cheiraoba, an important traditional festival of the Meiteis was held on April 4. This festival is celebrated on two different days – Sajibu Nongma Panba, the first day of Sajibu celebrated by traditional Sanamahi Laningthou and Charak Pujah on April 14 celebrated by the believers... 

Shivaratri And The Meetei Community

Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated every year on the 29th day of the month of Phairen in the Meetei Calendar. Ganja (cannabis) and phola are primarily offered to Lord Shiva on this day in every household in Manipur. Phola is a mixture prepared with consecrated milk, curd, sugar, banana, crushed rice,... 

The Meiteis Are Scapegoats

The Meiteis composed folk Song ‘MANIPUR SANA LEIBAK CHINGNA KOINA PAN SABA HAONA KOINA PAN NGAKPA’ was to the Thadous only having not a single sharp contradiction of what has been claimed. Thadous as defined by Paominlien Kipgen (IFP dt 4th Dec 2010) is progenitor of all Kuki clans including... 

Taboos In Manipur

Taboo is a forbidden activity, something that is not permitted, something which stands against social approval and is disallowed by norms of behavior. They are complete restrictions or prohibition in saying or doing something. It is concerned with social and cultural aspects of life. Manipur society... 

July 1, Senapati Declaration Of 2010- UNC Sets The Record Straight

Naga women on protest during the halycon days of 2010. (File Photo) IMPHAL, Jan 6: The Committee for Alternative Arrangement, which was constituted by the United Naga Council, has categorically stated they neither sought direction from anyone nor has anybody issued any instructions regarding their pursuit... 

Manipur’s Economy: Historical Roots and Structural Evolution

Image Credit: The Hindu Manipur’s economy can be better comprehended through capturing its structural evolution, particularly from the colonial period. Deterioration of its economy despite independent India‘s free flow of fund calls for serious pondering. The same crisis is witnessed in the... 

A Ray Of Hope

It is absolutely critical that the first ever Meitei-Naga formal talks be given firm support as it is the only way out of the impasse The Naga-Meitei ethnic divide has been a long drawn out conflict between the two major ethnic communities in the Northeast resulting in bloodshed. It is also responsible...