THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
20 August 2017
States : MANIPUR
WOMEN'S DAY
Revisiting the mothers who protested AFSPA

A new book tracks down the women who stripped naked 12 years ago to protest against rape and rights abuses under AFSPA. Banamallika Choudhury reviews Mothers of Manipur.

Law and Order Books Women

HILL AGITATION
Manipur: Rattled and torn 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.
People Laws Society
NORTH EAST TRAVEL
Tales from Manipur 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.
People
IROM SHARMILA’S 15-YEAR HUNGER STRIKE
Where suicide is a crime, but not murder 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.
Nat. Security Human Rights
VIOLENCE AND ACTIVISM
Manipuri mothers want an end to the killings 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.
Law and Order Peace Gender Violence
MANIPUR MEMOIRS
Voices from a wounded land 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.
Gender Violence Human Rights
IMPHAL KILLINGS TRIGGER MASSIVE LOCKDOWN
Manipur schools closure: boycott enters third month 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.
Education Peace
TOXIC MIX OF CORRUPTION AND MILITANCY
In the cross fire between security and insurgency 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 Surekha Sule.
Peace Guest Opinions
MEIRA PAIBI
Disturbed in Manipur 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 Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Human Rights Kalpana's Commentary
MEDIA/OPINION
Making news in the Northeast 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. Ammu Joseph reflects on the silence in the media about recent events and issues in Manipur.
Ammu Joseph Media Voices unheard
INSURGENCY IN MANIPUR
Guns and widows 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 reports.
Women
PROSTITUTION
Sex trade thrives in conflict-ridden Manipur 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 reports.
Women
AGRICULTURE
Jhum cultivation under sharper scrutiny 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? Surekha Sule has more.
Agriculture ASSAM
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