It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.
For decades now the beautiful state of Manipur has been suffering from the violent insurgency and the excesses of the Indian army. Pushpa Achanta visits the state and narrates her experiences which shows how much is not known about the state or its people.
For the last 15 years, India has been unable to deal with a fasting, frail poet! Anjuman Ara Begum writes how Irom Sharmila has been waging a protest against the cruel Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, enforced in her home state of Manipur and other parts of northeast India.
The International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21 every year, has little meaning for people living in conflict areas. Like the Manipuri women, who feel that decades-old violence in Manipur has not only increased but taken many different forms. Anjulika Thingnam speaks to some of the feisty women of Meira Paibi (women vigilante) groups of Manipur to find out more.
In October 1949, Manipur merged officially with the Republic of India, but for decades now this beautiful land has been wracked by a violent insurgency and torn by the excesses of a draconian army. Anjali Nayar visits the state, bringing back poignant tales and the feeling of what it is like to live with fear.
For over two months, young Manipuris have boycotted schools and colleges in the state. Two killings in broad daylight in Imphal, including one allegedly custodial, have resulted in the deadlock. Thingnam Anjulika Samom has more.
Plenty of criticism has been levelled at excess use of force and abuse of human rights by the Army in Manipur. And yet, with much infighting and corruption, insurgents themselves have lost the moral high ground, writes
In the run-up to the elections, only the dominant voices from "mainland" India will be heard. But we need to listen to what those living
at the margins of this country are saying, writes
What does it take to make news in these times of 24x7 media? If it's the Northeast, generally, it takes a major eruption of violence or a large-scale disaster.
reflects on the silence in the media about recent events and issues in Manipur.
Raging violence across the state continues to take the lives of young men in Manipur. For the young widows left behind,
the struggle for survival is fraught with newly added responsibilities, for which many of them are ill-prepared.
Thingnam Anjulika Samom
Acute poverty linked to armed conflict and displacement is a major reason for the growing number of commercial sex workers in Manipur. Drug abuse too is
common, further impacting those turning to the world's oldest profession.
Thingnam Anjulika Samom
Jhum, a traditional form of shifting cultivation common in the North-East, was the
focus of a recent international meeting in Guwahati. But dilution of the original
practice has impacted the ecosystem in some areas. Should jhum persist or perish?