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Naga Movement In Manipur: Its Genesis And Impact On State Politics

Over the decades, the Naga integration movement has predictably served to catalyze and consolidate oppositional democratic politics along ethnic lines and furthering hill-valley divide in Manipur. This trend has exacerbated in the last decade as NSCN-IM seems to seek a negotiating leverage from the deepening... 

Tribal Autonomy: Politics of Exclusion & Inclusion

In the face of a tussle between majority’s democratic exclusion and marginalized community’s desire for separation from existing institutional arrangement lies the ideology of a deepening centralization of the regional polity by the Central government through constitutional arrangements of... 

Finding Nagaland: India’s Final Frontier

In the north-east of India is a remote state, largely unknown even to Indians. Almost cut off from the world, Nagaland’s rich culture thrives in landscapes of startling natural beauty. Naga tribesmen in traditional dress. Photograph: Str/EPA Remote and largely inaccessible to foreigners, the Indian... 

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 Lake On Fire: Manipur Burns, Delhi Bungles

Loktak is the largest freshwater lake in the northeast of India. The 500 sq kilometer lake has been encroached upon during last 60 years and only 236.21 kilometer remains as the core and peripheral area of the lake with 14 hills of different height protruding from it. This unique water body gave a distinct... 

A Comparative Analysis Of Naga, Mizo And Meitei Insurgencies

The word insurgency, despite its rampant use in the modern day, has not been given a separate entry in the Oxford Dictionary of English Language until recently.1 It equalizes insurgents as ‘˜rebels’. The Encyclopedia of Social Sciences too does not include it as an independent item. The...