Manipur: How To Kill A Highway

The malaise in Manipur continues to undermine Manipur’s ethnic equity and economic development- including the promise of hydrocarbons and minerals. Image Credit: Google Maps. The highway and its hinterland have more sinister applications than micro-politics and emotions run amok. Malaise de Manipur, a worrying condition of sub-continental drift, has a way of infecting things. It weakens India’s...

Unleashing Wrath Of The State Government On JCILP And Students After The Ukhrul Debacle

In the morning of September 9, 2014, the first day of Tarpon, when SMS started circulating about the twin ambushes at Manipur State forces by suspected NSCN-IM, receivers read the messages with disbelief. It is another thing that by a twist of fate, the victim turned out to be a Tangkhul (thus adding another number of Tangkhul killed by NSCN-IM) and the injured – a Meitei and a Kuki, thus nullifying...

Forest Cover Has Shrunk By 100 Sq Kms: FSI

IMPHAL, Sep 21: According to a biennial report of the Forest Survey of India (FSI), the State’s forest area has shrunk by 100 sq kms. Meanwhile, experts have warned that water shortage would grow more and more corresponding to the degree of deforestation. A barren hill side which has been burnt (Image Credit: The Sangai Express) According to a high ranking official of the Forest Department, forest...

Guns Boom At Ukhrul Again: 1 Police Commando Killed, 2 Hurt In Ukhrul Attacks

IMPHAL/UKHRUL, Sep 9: A one police commando personnel was killed while two others sustained serious injuries when suspected NSCN-IM cadres attacked them at two different places along Imphal-Ukhrul road today. Meanwhile, the State Government has strongly condemned the ambush in Ukhrul district on State forces by militants in which one security personnel was killed. Sharing the grief and pain of the...

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 rebel groups. They might often find themselves in sympathy with the rebel groups who they might perceive...

Uneasy Calm Reigns Ukhrul, AR Holds Flag March

UKHRUL, Aug 31: Following the violent confrontation between civilians and security forces yesterday which left two civilians dead apart from injuring 26 civilians and security forces, an uneasy calm prevails in Ukhrul town. After the district administration requisitioned paramilitary forces, 41 Assam Rifles took over the responsibility of area domination exercise in the district headquarters. Troops...

2 Protesters Killed, Over 10 Injured By Manipur Armed Forces; Situation In Ukhrul Tense

Mass rally at Ukhrul district headquarters in Manipur protesting the imposition of Section 144 of CrPC. (Image Credit: Protest Against SEC 144 Crpc Promulgation in Ukhrul) At least three protesters were killed and 10 others injured by Manipur State Commandos and Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) during a mass peace rally at Ukhrul district headquarters on Saturday. The three deceased, identified as Ramkashing...

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 the general body of citizens of the state and its social, political and legal policies; on the other...

Ukhrul HIV Patients In Dire Straits

IMPHAL, May 27: In the absence of a Community Care Centre (CCC) and CD4 count facility, people afflicted by HIV and AIDS of Ukhrul district have been facing untold miseries. Under such circumstances, people infected by HIV/AIDS are being compelled to go to Imphal for treatment or resign to their fates. CD4 count is necessary for HIV positive people to measure their immune system. If their immune system...

Boost To Tangkhul Music, Culture

UKHRUL, May17: Giving importance to Tangkhul songs in the promotion of musical talent as well as for the documentation of the rich cultural identity of the community, Principal Secretary of Works and Trans- ports, Govt of Manipur Ram Muivah yesterday release a collection of Tangkhul songs during a jam-packed function at Rashing Hall, Awungtang here, Speaking at the occasion of releasing the song book,...

BRIEF NEWS: April 27, 2011

Folk songs recorded IMPHAL, Apr 26: The Natural & Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative (NCHCI), a Delhi-based NGO organized a two-day documentation of Naga Folk Music at Ringui (Tongou) village in Ukhrul district on 22nd and 24th April. Altogether 50 songs from Zingtun (West) area were recorded at the event and the various types of songs included Rai Laa (war song), Thisham Laa (song to departed...

Ambush On W Keishing An Act Of Terror: NSCN-K

IMPHAL, Apr 25: NSCN-K or GPRN/NSCN has strongly condemned the barbaric murderous attack on MLA Wungnaoshang and his escort party on April 15 near New Canal area in Ukhrul District. The eight dead and injuries to several members of the MLA’s escort team manifested the fundamental flaw in the policy of Th Muivah, said a press release issued by the outfit’s MIP. Since 1988, Nagas have lost hundreds...

BRIEF NEWS: April 24, 2011

Body disposal IMPHAL, Apr 23: An unidentified male body has been recovered from near Bongbal Khullen, which is about 25 kilometers north east of Yairipok police station. It is said that at about 11 am yesterday Yairipok police received information about the corpse, which has been brought to JNIMS morgue after it was retrieved by a team of the police station. Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Officer...