Now, Non-Congress Forum For NE Growth

GUWAHATI: Major regional and non-Congress parties of the northeast have decided to come together under one umbrella to work for the development of the region and also fight elections for a stronger presence. At a meeting chaired by NCP leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma in New Delhi on February 20, 2011 night, seven political parties of the region AGP, Manipur People’s Party (MPP),...

Unconditional Conditions

Late Laldenga of Mizoram. Image Credit: Mizoram Express. Peace always comes with a price, a heavy one at that, and this may be the reason why it is so much easier to create violence and indulge in mayhem than containing or maintaining law and order and ensuring a peaceful environ for everyone. The late Laldenga who brought his cadres of the Mizo National Front from the jungles to the negotiating table...

North-East: Unfinished Business

Pointers towards restructure, reform, reconciliation and resurgence in India‘s troubled frontier. This paper combines the Kamal Kumari Memorial Lecture delivered in Guwahati on April 18, 2002 and two articles entitled ‘Pilgrim’s Progress in Nagaland’ (Times of India, April 4, 2002) and ‘Open up to Integrate the Northeast‘ (Hindustan Times, May 2, 2002). I am...

Peace: Mizoram Experiment

Two men born in different parts of the world, literally and figuratively speaking, but yet ordained by the strange hand of fate that they meet and ink a pact that led to the complete transformation of a people and the land they inhabit. There was nothing in common between them. One was born in the first family of India while the other must have been born in some thatched roof with only the mid-wife...

“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 Council.” Similarly, the independence movement in Mizoram from the mid 1960s also employed the...