Making their stand known : On collision course

The decision to create the seven new districts cannot be rolled back. This was Chief Minister N Biren a few days back. A party engaged in the tripartite talks is intentionally trying to sabotage the ongoing dialogue on the district creation issue. This was the United Naga Council. The UNC did not name the State […]

The decision to create the seven new districts cannot be rolled back. This was Chief Minister N Biren a few days back. A party engaged in the tripartite talks is intentionally trying to sabotage the ongoing dialogue on the district creation issue. This was the United Naga Council. The UNC did not name the State […]

Next talk should be held by June 19 : UNC

Newmai News Network SENAPATI, Jun 9: With just 10 days to go for the deadline of the one month’s time within which the ‘tripartite talks’ on the district creation issue was agreed upon to be held at the political level, the United Naga Council (UNC) today asserted that there should be a ‘time frame’ for […]

Newmai News Network SENAPATI, Jun 9: With just 10 days to go for the deadline of the one month’s time within which the ‘tripartite talks’ on the district creation issue was agreed upon to be held at the political level, the United Naga Council (UNC) today asserted that there should be a ‘time frame’ for […]

Modi and Naga peace talk

IMPHAL, May 14 : ‘Modi Walking on Elusive Naga Peace’, a book authored by Nagaland based journalist Oken Jeet Sandham was released today at State Information Centre, Palace Gate here.

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IMPHAL, May 14 : ‘Modi Walking on Elusive Naga Peace’, a book authored by Nagaland based journalist Oken Jeet Sandham was released today at State Information Centre, Palace Gate here.

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Manipuri is a classical language

Free Thinker What is the oldest language in the world? Historians remain inconclusive and indifferent because of fragile and conflicting evidences. However, we can mention some of the oldest languages like – Hebrew, Harappan, Mesopotamian, Mayan, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Chinese, Tamil, Egyptian, Nordic, Latin, Greek, Tibetan, Persian, Africans and many others. Of course, Manipuri is also one […]

Free Thinker What is the oldest language in the world? Historians remain inconclusive and indifferent because of fragile and conflicting evidences. However, we can mention some of the oldest languages like – Hebrew, Harappan, Mesopotamian, Mayan, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Chinese, Tamil, Egyptian, Nordic, Latin, Greek, Tibetan, Persian, Africans and many others. Of course, Manipuri is also one […]

Manipur during 1960s

About Manipur: Manipur is a state in northeastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital. It is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma (Myanmar) lies to its east. The state covers an area of 22,327 square kilometres (8,621 sq mi) and has a […]

About Manipur: Manipur is a state in northeastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital. It is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma (Myanmar) lies to its east. The state covers an area of 22,327 square kilometres (8,621 sq mi) and has a […]

Looking along community divide For administrative convenience

Four major communities in Manipur. The Meitei, Naga, Kuki and Pangal. The population as per the 2011 Census is 28,55,794 and the geographical area of the State is 22,327 square kilometres. For 28,55,794 people stretched over an area of 22,327 square kilometres, Manipur has nine districts, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, Tamenglong, […]

Four major communities in Manipur. The Meitei, Naga, Kuki and Pangal. The population as per the 2011 Census is 28,55,794 and the geographical area of the State is 22,327 square kilometres. For 28,55,794 people stretched over an area of 22,327 square kilometres, Manipur has nine districts, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, Tamenglong, […]

Naga issue to be resolved once and for all : Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI, Nov 5 : The ongoing Naga peace talks have made good progress and the decade-long insurgency issue will be resolved to the greatest satisfaction of all, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday. Addressing the annual event of the Na…

NEW DELHI, Nov 5 : The ongoing Naga peace talks have made good progress and the decade-long insurgency issue will be resolved to the greatest satisfaction of all, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday. Addressing the annual event of the Naga Students Union, Delhi (NSUD) in New Delhi, Singh said the Central Government was confident that enduring peace in Naga areas is not far away.

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Peace talks on the verge of final solution : NSCN (IM) Settle our case first : Kuki bodies

IMPHAL, Sep 1 : In the face of the NSCN (IM) recently announcing that the peace talk with the Government of India is on the verge of a final solution, the Kuki Inpi (Revived Apex Body) and Kuki Movement for Human Rights Trust have submitted a joint memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to first […]

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IMPHAL, Sep 1 : In the face of the NSCN (IM) recently announcing that the peace talk with the Government of India is on the verge of a final solution, the Kuki Inpi (Revived Apex Body) and Kuki Movement for Human Rights Trust have submitted a joint memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to first […]

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Peace talks on the verge of final solution : NSCN (IM) Settle our case first : Kuki bodies

IMPHAL, Sep 1 : In the face of the NSCN (IM) recently announcing that the peace talk with the Government of India is on the verge of a final solution, the Kuki Inpi (Revived Apex Body) and Kuki Movement for Human Rights Trust have submitted a joint memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to first […]

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IMPHAL, Sep 1 : In the face of the NSCN (IM) recently announcing that the peace talk with the Government of India is on the verge of a final solution, the Kuki Inpi (Revived Apex Body) and Kuki Movement for Human Rights Trust have submitted a joint memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to first […]

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Looking at the major issues of the land Glaring differences

The demand that the Inner Line Permit System or a similar mechanism to protect the indigenous people of the land be enforced in the State. The staunch opposition against the three Bills passed by the State Assembly last year on August 31, resulting in the death of nine people in Churachandpur, with the bodies still […]

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The demand that the Inner Line Permit System or a similar mechanism to protect the indigenous people of the land be enforced in the State. The staunch opposition against the three Bills passed by the State Assembly last year on August 31, resulting in the death of nine people in Churachandpur, with the bodies still […]

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The vacuum Swu left

The death of Isak Chishi Swu, the Chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, NSCN(IM) and President of the underground Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland, GPRN, without question would mean a new chapter and with it new uncertainties for the former underground organisation now engaged in a peace negotiation with the Government […]

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The death of Isak Chishi Swu, the Chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, NSCN(IM) and President of the underground Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland, GPRN, without question would mean a new chapter and with it new uncertainties for the former underground organisation now engaged in a peace negotiation with the Government […]

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Five Hohos of Nagaland urge Center to resume two laning road constructions immediately

KOHIMA, Jun 23 (NEPS): The five tribal Hohos – Phom Peoples’ Council, Sumi Hoho, Chakhesang Public Organization, Ao Senden and Konyak Hoho – have come down heavily on the indifferent attitude and the step-motherly treatment to the people of Nagaland. They said by not resuming the construction of two laning road projects in the State, […]

KOHIMA, Jun 23 (NEPS): The five tribal Hohos – Phom Peoples’ Council, Sumi Hoho, Chakhesang Public Organization, Ao Senden and Konyak Hoho – have come down heavily on the indifferent attitude and the step-motherly treatment to the people of Nagaland. They said by not resuming the construction of two laning road projects in the State, […]

Nagaland Post: Nagaland-Manipur peace working committee formed

A working committee to assist in addressing crucial issues confronting the people of Manipur and Nagaland has been formed at the conclusion of the two-day workshop of peace activists of Manipur and Nagaland at the Life Spring Corner here Saturday. The morning session began with the release of the book by Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey […]

A working committee to assist in addressing crucial issues confronting the people of Manipur and Nagaland has been formed at the conclusion of the two-day workshop of peace activists of Manipur and Nagaland at the Life Spring Corner here Saturday. The morning session began with the release of the book by Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey […]

Candor in Solving Meitei-Tribal Problems

  The Three Bill Stalemate in Manipur has remained unresolved during the past 6 months with the adversaries in locked horns. It still is continuingg more of a game for political hardliners steadfast on their original stands making third party intervention a difficult proposition. One possible outcome of such a situation is obliteration of the

  The Three Bill Stalemate in Manipur has remained unresolved during the past 6 months with the adversaries in locked horns. It still is continuingg more of a game for political hardliners steadfast on their original stands making third party intervention a difficult proposition. One possible outcome of such a situation is obliteration of the

Manipur Head Teacher Beaten to Death by ‘Suspected’ NSCN-IM cadres – DNA Reports

Suspected terrorists belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) fraction shot down a teacher at Aimol village in Manipur’s Chandel district on Monday.

Suspected terrorists belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) fraction shot down a teacher at Aimol village in Manipur’s Chandel district on Monday.

Naga People Organisation Manipur questions govt’s silence over NSF memo

KANGPOKPI, February 23: The Naga People’s Organization (NPO) in a statement has come out strongly against the prolong silence of the Manipur government over the alleged assault of NSF by State commandos on February 14 in Imphal. With the seven-day deadline of the NSF already expired and proposed bandh on Manipur vehicles set to be

KANGPOKPI, February 23: The Naga People’s Organization (NPO) in a statement has come out strongly against the prolong silence of the Manipur government over the alleged assault of NSF by State commandos on February 14 in Imphal. With the seven-day deadline of the NSF already expired and proposed bandh on Manipur vehicles set to be

Naga Students’ Federation bans Meitei & Manipuri owned vehicles indefinitely

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Naga Students` Federation (NSF) in its emergency presidential council meeting held today at its conference hall discussed on the memorandum submitted to the Government of Manipur on February 16 and its failure to comply with the demands…

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Naga Students` Federation (NSF) in its emergency presidential council meeting held today at its conference hall discussed on the memorandum submitted to the Government of Manipur on February 16 and its failure to comply with the demands of the federation on or before February 23 midnight. Informing this in a press release,

Governor wishes on Lui-Ngai Ni

IMPHAL, Feb 14: Governor of Manipur V Shanmuganathan today extended his best wishes and warm greetings to the people of Manipur, especially to Naga brethren on this happy and auspicious occasion of Lui-Ngai-Ni, 2016. In his greeting message, Governor said “All the people in Manipur belonging to the Naga communities celebrate Lui-Ngai-Ni on the February

IMPHAL, Feb 14: Governor of Manipur V Shanmuganathan today extended his best wishes and warm greetings to the people of Manipur, especially to Naga brethren on this happy and auspicious occasion of Lui-Ngai-Ni, 2016. In his greeting message, Governor said “All the people in Manipur belonging to the Naga communities celebrate Lui-Ngai-Ni on the February

Re-Imagining Manipur: Post-Churachandpur Narrative – Sira Kharay

As the deadly flames in the hills of Manipur refuse to die down, Manipur this time is surely confronting a decisive battle of political metamorphosis. Manipur never before has witnessed

As the deadly flames in the hills of Manipur refuse to die down, Manipur this time is surely confronting a decisive battle of political metamorphosis. Manipur never before has witnessed such enormity of tribal awakening since the history of its accession into the Indian Union. While the consciousness of the hill tribals is rapidly shaping into an ominous narrative of concrete ethnic political assertion, Imphal valley is still patching up its bits of imagination as to where it must redirect its idea of Manipur. For better or for worst, the overall political content of the simmering agitation is likely to recast the idea of Manipur forever.

The eruption was inevitable. The hills have long been simmering with deep sense of historical injustice against institutional bias and oppressive majoritarian politics at the whims of the valley. The hurried passing of the three controversial ILP Bills bypassing the mandate of the Manipur Legislative Assembly (Hill Areas Committee) Order, 1972 ignited the spark. Thereafter, the shocking use of live bullets in the hills and rubber bullets in the valley leading to the outrageous killing of 9 tribal civilians at CCPur enraged the hill tribals to the point of no return. It has already attracted national as well as international attention and the intensity of the agitation has turned even more dramatic with the Young Paite Association public boycotting and banishing its tribal MLAs.

While the State Government is still reluctant to come up with any groundbreaking concession to resolve the issue, the assertion of the hills is no longer so much about the amendment of the three controversial ILP Bills now and no degree of amendment whatsoever is likely to quell the unleashing strive. Total separation from the valley has become the rallying cry of the hills with the renewed assertion of ethnic Northeast “will” for distinct identity as the ideological subtext, i.e. Northeast may be in India but only without actually being Indian. The driving perception is that Imphal valley will someday come up again with its demands for Hill State and ST status and thus the possibility for co-existence has altogether disappeared.

Amidst this political turmoil, as Imphal valley grapples with its lack of regional imagination and continues to articulate its ethnic interest in a hyperbole adversarial to other ethnic communities, Manipur is fast isolating itself from the rest of Northeast ethnic communities. Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, Former Lok Shaba Speaker PA Sangma and Nagaland Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang joining the chorus against the Government of Manipur is critical. In the backdrop of this emerging regional implication, the need of the hour is drastic policy rethink rather than indulging in a petty political spat. However, like Assam, Manipur seemed to have already sold its pulse of Northeast sense to political puppetry.

What is problematic is not in what the valley asserts in reclaiming its indigenous identity, but in the banality of defining the idea of Manipur on the basis of territory rather than from its historical memories and ethnic imageries. In other words, Manipur’s pathological inability to define its interest without upsetting and appropriating the rights of other communities is construed as anti-Northeast in the context of the larger Northeast-common-interest narrative. Be that as it may, Imphal valley’s obsession with the physical “post-accession Manipur” remains a challenge to common Northeast quest for re-righting the past historical injustices.

Manipur needs to be reminded that the widening ethnic rift between the hills and the valley is particularly a post-Indian-accession experience. Ethnic conflict characteristically for that matter is not Northeast but a post-independent Indian construct. At the root of this festering problem is the arbitrary appropriation and misappropriation of ethnic communities in the carving of the Northeastern States. It is nobody’s question that Northeast was forcibly annexed. The Sixth Schedule and autonomy provisions in the Constitution have proved insufficient to quench this feeling of subjugation as the existing boundaries essentially attempt to supplant the historical identities of the subjects therein with an artificial territorial being devoid of sociological meaning and reality.

Nagas consequently have been staunchly resisting this existing political map and to them, integration of Naga ancestral territory is a non-negotiable right. Kuki-Zomi communities likewise have been demanding their own autonomous district/state and the claim gets even louder. Manipur, thus, cannot actually exist but by suppressing the rights of the Naga-Kuki-Zomi communities. However, this much is clear that ethnic harmony in the troubled Manipur would remain an elusive dream until the Nagas are freely allowed to be integrated and the demands of the Kuki-Zomi communities are fully accommodated.

It is against this backdrop that the ILP Bills per se are not the actual concerns of the hills. The Bills are merely seen as a spark – as another testimony that the hills and the valley cannot co-exist. It is about time Manipur admits its unavoidable fate for its own existential interest and more so because Manipur may risk losing Manipur itself in the long run by further clinging to the delusive idea of perpetuating the status quo. The moot question is will the existing ethno-demographic and power structure of Manipur remain the same forever? Given the sheer size of the hills and the nature of demographic unpredictability, it is more likely that the hills would sooner than later reduce Imphal valley to a mere minority.

Manipur surely must be able to comprehend this foreseeable eventuality. Resurgence of Manipur then lies not in Manipur but in Kangleipak. Manipur’s imagination must thus go back to the midnight of 28th August, 1947 when the Dragon God Pakhangba Flag of Manipur was hoisted at Kangla and reclaim its historical identity as in consonance with the cognate narratives of its other Northeast kinsfolk.