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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... 

Role Of Meiteis Debated

IMPHAL, Jun 4: A state level debate on ‘the role of Meiteis as a major community in bridging divisions among different communities of the State’ was held today at Manipur Press Club here under the aegis of the North Imphal Cultural Organization based at Koirengei Bazar. Giving key-note... 
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Meiteis And Jews

Martial Meiteis “If one goes jogging in the morning, he can cross Israel in one-and-half hour right across the middle from the West Bank to the Mediterranean. It can be cut into two. And therefore we will not leave the West Bank in any situation”. Recently a column of an English writer, in The Telegraph... 

Nagas With Attitude

Where was I? India? Gay porn and Christian forgiveness? I don’t know whether there is any way to tie these loose ends together on a Friday afternoon before I lose my head completely, but I’m going to try. I’ll start with Gandhi: I do not believe in forced unions. If you (Nagas) do not... 

Orange Queen Comes With A Message

The Orange Queen at the Reception and the three Toppers... IMPHAL, Dec 14: Renewing the hope of love and unity among the Nagas and Kukis as the theme, newly crowned Orange Queen for this year, a befitting reception function was hosted in honor of Miss Hoirose Sitlhou at Grace Bhavan in Motbung today. On... 

How To Save Meitei Identity

Simply speaking, it is not simply simple. Among the Nagas at large the quest for Nagalim has become a leitmotif of Naga nationalism, straddling Naga and Meitei political divides. Meiteis have to confront the reality of the threat i.e. the specter of Naga nationalism. By Nagas I am referring to Nagas... 

THE Great Meitei Nation

Emperor Constantine of Rome who brought Christianity to the Empire proclaimed majestically standing atop’¦ that ‘Under God’s watch, we shall conquer and never fall!’ Well what you can see now are the ruins of a once great nation, but the inspirational sentiment still moves... 

The Delhi Durbar

One would find it difficult to disagree that Meiteis are great cynics; but one need not be a cynic to be cynical about the fatuous dramas unfolding before our eyes; after all one is made a cynic by the environment in which one has grown up, and Manipur is just that. Now, look at the news: Tripartite... 

India’s Look East Policy And Extinction Of Manipuris

A team of Ambassadors/High Commissioners of ASEAN countries visiting Manipur on 19th and 20th of this month (September) as a part of the initiative of India’s Look East Policy is indicative of the fact that the Look East Policy is definitely taking shape. As yet there is no concrete policy framework... 

“Tribal”[1] Identity And Ethnic Conflicts In North-East India: A Christian Response

Attempts at Finding an Appropriate Description for the People’s Self-Understanding When the Nagas first organized a movement for independence from India in the 1940s and the1950s, they clearly understood themselves as a “nation”, and named their organization the “Naga National... 

Economic History Of Manipur (1826-1891)

Introduction The Meiteis have been living in the Manipur Valley at least since the beginning of the first millennium. What was initially a small clan principality grew into a powerful monarchal state comprising the valley of Manipur and the surrounding hills inhabited by the Nagas (there were no Nagas...