The Naga Insurgency: The Past And The Future

Insurgency has been defined as a protracted struggle conducted methodically, step by step, in order to attain specific intermediate objectives leading finally to the overthrow of the existing order.1 In modern times, insurgency covers a full spectrum of conflicts ranging from subversion, to guerilla warfare and the convergence of guerilla bands into regular units to fight in a conventional manner....

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 is shown to be a consequence of a lingering identity problem, aggravated by land disputes and equivocal...

Is Shared Sovereignty The Future Of Nagaland?

Globalization and inter-dependence have pushed Naga rebels to reassess their goals. Is peace within reach, asks Avalok Langer Naga rebel leaders with flag. Image Credit: Tehelka FOR 64 YEARS, the Naga struggle for sovereignty has been based on the idea of ‘urra uvie (our land belongs to us)’. Over the years, a sense of a collective Naga identity has been instilled and the idea of sovereignty based...

UNC Sees Ray Of Hope In Rejection, Acknowledges Delhi’s Role… Optimistic Of Solution Sans State Govt

UK Bansal (R) after the talk at Senapati, June 30. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Jul 1 : Despite the negative response of the  Centre and the State Government to the alter-native arrangement model raised by the United Naga Council (UNC)  for the Nagas in Manipur during the June 30 tripartite talk at Senapati, the apex Naga civil body has said that it is optimistic that its efforts will...

Govt Sets Aside Alternative Arrangement Agenda, Naga Body Unhappy

Chief Secretary DS Poonia asnwering queries from the media and a UNC leader meeting the media. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Jun 30: The demand of the United Naga Council (UNC) for an alternative administrative arrangement for the Nagas living in Manipur has received a severe blow with both the State and Central Governments categorically setting aside the demand during today’s tripartite talk...

EDITORIAL: Naga Crusaders: A Bunch Of Jokers Invoking The Four S

The Naga Crusaders. This is the name of the latest entrant to the list of jokers we have in Manipur but with a dangerous agenda. The name itself suggests that these jokers believe or want to pull wool over the eyes of the public by christening themselves ‘crusaders’, crusading for something on behalf of the Naga people. The commander of the group calls himself David Stanly, according to a news...

Naga CSOs Go To PM On Alternative Arrangement

IMPHAL, Jun 18: The Naga People’s Organization (NPO) Senapati, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Chandel Naga People’s Organization (CNPO) and Zeliangrong Baudi, Manipur (ZBM) have apprised the Prime Minister of India on the ‘alternative arrangement’ model adopted during the Naga People’s Convention of July 1, 2010  held in Senapati. The convention had decided to sever all ties with the Government...

Nagaland: Revolt Within A Rebellion

Fresh feuding has broken out among Naga rebels twenty-three years after a bloody internecine struggle left scores dead and an insurgency divided. Another split is now threatening to impact on the protracted Naga peace process. On June 7, 2011, a meeting of the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) ‘expelled’ its ‘chairman’, S.S. Khaplang, on charges...

Naga Integration Rings Out Loud At Senapati

As the cavalcade from Nagaland enter Manipur, State cops reduced to mere spectators. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 28: Not-withstanding the air of misgiving and tension, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has opened the Manipur State unit of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) at Senapati district head-quarters today. Speaking at the formal launching function of the NPF Manipur unit which was...

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: Studying May 28, May 30, The NPF conundrum

The situation calls for statesmanship of the highest order. It also calls for a mature response from the people, particularly the Meitei community. On May 28, Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio along with some of his senior Cabinet colleagues are set to arrive at Senapati district headquarters to formally kick start the formation of the State unit of the Naga People‘s Front, the political party,...

UNC For Mass Prayer Ahead Of Talk

IMPHAL, May 24: Ahead of the third round of tripartite talk on the issues raised by the Nagas on Monday at Senapati district headquarters, the United Naga Council (UNC), which is a party to it, has appealed to all to hold mass prayers. The UNC is intensifying its campaign for an alternative administrative arrangement in Naga areas of the State, severing all ties with the State Government. The first...

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...