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...

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...

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 to the ethnic culture of this state. The culture of the people at large is observed clearly in the...

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 Chief Minister Gaikhangam to study the demand of ILPS together with legal experts to look for possible...

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 is obvious. It is all happening/happened in the tiny state of Manipur, in that far flung corner of...

Kohima Daily Carries Unauthenticated Report, Editor Expresses Regret, UCM, AMUCO Issue Calm Calls, Mischief Makers Don Mask Of Crusaders, NSCN (IM) Not Amused

IMPHAL, Jun 22: Even as the Dimapur-based Nagaland Post carried an unauthenticated report in the 22nd June edition, the United Committee Manipur (UCM) and All Manipur United Clubs’ Organization (AMUCO) have urged the public to exercise maximum restraint in subduing attempts by vested interest to create divisions amongst various communities. The Editor of The Nagaland Post, Geoffrey Yaden is informed...

EDITORIAL: Manipur’s Mayday! Naganised Trojan Horse

There is no point in beating around the bush for as we had noted in this column on May 27, diplomacy as a policy is dead, it is passé’.  The proposed visit of Mr. Nephiu Rio and his Cabinet colleagues to Senapati today is something much more than opening a chapter of the Naga Peoples’ Front in Manipur. It is nothing short of a version of the legendary Trojan Horse, the difference being...

EDITORIAL: Confusion. Thy Name Is Manipur, Method Behind The Madness

Confusion. This perhaps sums up the Manipur that we know today. To this we may add Anarchy and Chaos for the images that come to mind whenever we talk about Manipur invariably means a place where everything has turned topsy-turvy and everything that represents a set order or system is turned on its head to such an extent that 2 plus 2 is no longer 4 but depends on how the persons responsible for calculating...

EDITORIAL: Grassroots Politics, Decentralization Of Power

Power and authority to the grass root is undeniably one of the more favored slogans of a democracy and while no one can justifiably contest the merit behind the philosophy of disseminating power to the grass root level, this comes with certain riders, as evidenced in the institution of local self Governments, such as the Panchayats at the village level, Municipal Corporations in the metros and Municipal...

BRIEF NEWS: May 24, 2011

Meeting held IMPHAL, May 23: A meeting of the High Powered Committee constituted under the Manipur Public Servant Personnel Liability Act with Chief Secretary as the chairman today has discussed issues related to appointment in Board of Secondary Education, Manipur and DRDAs without the approval of the Government. However, no definite decision has been taken over these issues. ——————————————— NCPCR...

BRIEF NEWS: May 21, 2011

Student bodies fix June 15 deadline IMPHAL, May 20: Four prominent student bodies have warned that intense agitation will be initiated if the assurance given by Education Minister DD Thaisii of making available of text books is not materialized within June 15. In a joint press conference held at KSA office, leaders of AMSU, DESAM, KSA and MSF said, the assurance was made by the Minister in a meeting...

EDITORIAL: Delhi To Imphal

Times, they are a changing, so goes one of the unforgettable lyrics penned by Bob Dylan, who is a poet, song writer, musician and entertainer rolled into one and with this in mind it is not hard to put one’s finger on the finer nuances and essence of the observation, ‘the only constant in life is change’. And this change is swift and fast and what happened 365 days ago or even 365×10 days...

Meet On Plebiscite Call Continues

A resource person speaks at the Keibul Lamjao meeting. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 8: The issue of Manipur–India conflict and people’s participation in resolving the impasse was deliberated in yet another public meeting held at Keibul Lamjao Awang Club ground today. The meeting was organized by Keibul Lamjao Youth Sporting and Cultural Association. Keibul Awang Leikai Meira Paibi...