Militarising a place of learning AR camp in MU campus

Giving a new dimension to the understanding of militarising a place, to borrow a phrase which has been used extensively by some Naga student organisations and Naga civil society organisations. How else does one explain the rationale of opening an Assam Rifles camp plumb inside the campus of Manipur University ? Take note, the Assam […]

Court orders OC to register FIR against CO of 34 AR

Imphal, June 12 2017: Judicial Magistrate First Class, Imphal West I, Alek Muivah has directed the OC of Sekmai police station to register an FIR against the Commanding Officer of 34th Assam Rifles and other personnel involved in the brutal torture of an alleged PREPAK (Pro) cadre and to submit the action taken report on […]

No surrender

The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur has extended the Disturbed Area Act for another six months paving the way for the extension of the promulgation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA. Nobody expected anything other than this. This has been the routine since the time the Act first came into existence in […]

Assam: Centre declares entire Assam as ‘disturbed’ area under AFSPA for three more months

The entire state of Assam has been declared as a disturbed area under the controversial AFSPA for three more months. The Centre has declared the entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act — the AFSPA — for three more months, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB […]

India Comes in the Line of Fire at UNHRC Over Rights Record, Racism

In his opening remarks, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said India was a secular state with no religion and that the constitution protects the rights of minorities. New Delhi: India faced questions about its human rights records from over 100 countries, ranging from attacks on Africans to restrictions on foreign funding of NGOs, even as it […]

SC upholds order against use of excessive force by army in Manipur

New Delhi, Apr 27 :In a huge setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court has re-affirmed its July 2016 order that the army or the Manipur police had violated human rights by killing innocent people in the guise of encounter of militants. The Court in its order had held that the army cannot use excessive […]

Sorting Through the Paper Trail of Fake Encounters in Manipur

At the Supreme Court’s asking, a rights group in Manipur is sorting through files pertaining to over 1,528 victims of alleged extra-judicial killings to place before the judges. Imphal (Manipur): What do 1,528 dead bodies look like? Three filing cabinets. In a dimly lit, dusty room in Manipur’s capital, thousands of files sit, marked or […]

Curses come home to roost

Sometime in 2010, three former cadres of the Manipur’s People’s Liberation Army were “recruited” by 3 Corps of the Indian Army based at Rangapahar near Dimapur (Nagaland), under its intelligence and surveillance unit that reports to its General Officer Commanding. The three had apparently been used by this “cloak and dagger” unit for activities that […]

Recall Order Against Immunity for Soldiers in Manipur, Centre Asks Supreme Court

The government said the judgment had hampered the army’s ability to respond to insurgent and terrorist situations. New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Centre’s curative petition seeking to recall the July 2016 order holding that the army or the Manipur police cannot use excessive force under the provisions of the Armed […]

Centre moves SC against verdict negating protection to armed forces

New Delhi, Apr 12 :The Centre today told the Supreme Court that its verdict in the alleged extra-judicial killings case in Manipur has “negated” the protection available to the armed forces under the AFSPA during anti-militancy operations. In a curative petition seeking recall of the verdict of July 8 last year as well as the […]

First real test of BJP led Govt Studying stand of ANSAM

This is perhaps the first real test of the BJP led Government. In asserting that they are against any attempt to militarise tribal areas in the State, the All Naga Students’s Association is delivering a damning statement on how the State security personnel, particularly the police commandos, have earned notoriety of being a trigger happy […]

A defeat foretold

No one doubts Irom Sharmila’s heroic resistance to AFSPA. But somewhere, she lost her bearings, confused moral strength with temporal power. Watching Irom Chanu Sharmila — the woman who spent 16 years of her youth in a lonely special cell in an Imphal hospital while on a hunger strike against the draconian Armed Forces Special […]

Irom Sharmila reaches Kerala on 45th birthday

Manipur’s human rights activist Irom Sharmila on Tuesday reached Kerala here from Coimbatore on her 45th birthday. She will spend a month in Attapadi, a tribal hamlet, near to Palakkad. This is her first ever visit to Kerala. “I am here in Kerala, just for a break. I am very pleased with your warm greetings,” […]

Manipur Govt maybe sworn in tomorrow

Manipur’s first BJP government is likely to be sworn in on Wednesday under the leadership of legislature party leader N Biren Singh, who has made the lifting of a crippling economic blockade his first priority as chief minister. Only two ministers, Biren and party colleague Th. Biswajit, who proposed the former’s name for the top […]

Respect the mandate

On the morrow of the election to the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly and the razor edge hung verdict the electors’ verdict, it is difficult not to be reminded of what German philosopher Karl Popper said what the most important virtue of a liberal democracy is. Democracy is not perfect and cannot be so be it […]

PRJA, alternative politics and Manipur

Ravi Nitesh My long association with Sharmila has always supported me in struggles of my life, personal, professional and political. Sharmila is not just an icon for me for her 16 years of hunger strike, instead a little closer, as a person, as a human being with whom I received lots of inspiration. Being a […]

KSA storms pol party offices

IMPHAL, Mar 1 : Demanding all the contesting candidates provide assurance to take up all positive measures to stop extrajudicial killing in the State, Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) has today stormed office of the political parties. Holding placards, a large number of KSA volunteers stormed MPCC office at BT Road. Following a protest at MPCC […]

Submission to the people of Manipur (Kangleipak): KSA

After the imposition of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA), it has been witnessed that a series of extrajudicial killings had taken place in the state in the name of counter insurgency operations by the security forces unhindered since 1930. It is also true that none of the extrajudicial cases have been property […]

“BJP offered me Rs 36 crore for campaigning purpose for Manipur elections.” Irom Sharmila debunks Modi government’s campaign against corruption

The allegations are irreconcilable with the Narendra Modi government’s rhetoric against political corruption. Nobody would call Irom Sharmila dishonest or selfish. The veteran hunger-striker literally shunned food for 16 long years in protest against the imposition of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur. Now a politician who recently floated an outfit in October, […]

Irom Sharmila to Contest From Manipur CM Ibobi’s Constituency

Manipur’s iron lady Irom Sharmila will contest against Manipur Chief Minister and Congress’ Okram Ibobi Singh from the Thoubal constituency in the assembly polls next month. Sharmila formed her party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) in 2016 after she broke her 16-year-long hunger strike. Sharmila came to the fore with her resistance against the […]