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North-East: Accepting The Idea Of India

WHEN the North-East of India comes up for discussion in a public forum or figures in media coverage, the stock phrases used in conversations or dialogue usually give the impression that the entire region is engulfed in strife and confrontation. I am willing to bet that a majority of stories would be... 

‘Foreign Tourists Inflow To NE Has Increased By 27 Percent’

SHILLONG, Oct 14: Foreign tourists’ inflow into Northeastern states has increased by over 27 per cent last year against a national growth of only 5.9 per cent, a top Union Tourism department official said here on Tuesday. “The number of foreign tourists visiting the Northeast region has increased... 

Making A Deal For Manipur

Positions have hardened to the point of great imminent violence in the state: there may not be a Manipur as we know it. A file photo of NSCN (I-M) cadres. The greatest bulwark against an NSCN (I-M) assault is the Indian Army, its adjunct force Assam Rifles and paramilitaries like the Central Reserve... 

Feminist Discourse And The Fear Of Patriarchal Backlash

“The world is still run by men and I kind of think we can do it better,” quipped the Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg. Naga/Meitei/Kuki women admittedly are fairly circumstanced as compared to their counterparts – woman in the traditional Naga/Meitei/Kuki society being conceived not as mere... 

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... 

The Kuki-Naga Conflict In The Light Of Recent Publications II

Some Critical Observations on the Recent Books Recently two doctoral theses on the Kuki–Naga conflict have been published as books. Singh (2008: x–xi) identifies the Kuki–Naga conflict as an ‘extension of the conflict due to the claim over a territory as one’s own exclusive homeland by ethnic... 

The Kuki-Naga Conflict In The Light Of Recent Publications

This brief article critically reviews various recent essays and publications on the Kuki–Naga conflict of the 1990s. The conflict has resulted in uprooting hundreds of villages, with the loss of more than a thousand lives, destruction of valuable properties and internal displacement. While British... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland IV

Women’s Engagement with the Underground On a previous occasion, we had written that in conflict areas women do not face only one patriarchy but multiple patriarchies.31Another reality in a conflict area is that women are forced to deal not just with the state machinery of violence but also with the... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland III

Lived Experiences: Impact of Conflict on Women While all these were happening, the Naga women were still trying to make sense of the conflict. Nira Yuval-Davis once stated that women have a dualistic relationship with the state: “On the one hand women are always included, at least to some extent, in... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland II

Governance through Extraordinary Powers: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act One of the preferred modes of governance in Nagaland and Manipur for the Indian government in the last century was through extraordinary powers. AFSPA was a takeoff, with certain modifications, from the Armed Forces (Special... 

Women, Conflict And Governance In Nagaland

Once conflict starts in the developing world, it is a protracted process. Numerous countries in Asia and Africa have endured decades of armed conflict. Other countries have lived under the permanent menace of political violence. Indeed, in many countries ceasefires and peace accords have resulted in... 

Exposing The Urgency Of Manipur NSCN-IM

Political pundits are of the opinion that the political movement of NSCN-IM (frontal organizations included) has reached its zenith at least in the case of Manipur. Difficulty to manage the outfit’s demands at the constitutional level by India have turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the Union... 

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...