A new agitation brews: give the affluent Meitis tribal status!

A new agitation brews: give the affluent Meitis tribal status!

IMPHAL:  A mass rally will be held on May 22, to demand a special ’tribe’ status to the Meiti community, but the AMSU objects. The All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) has strongly objected to the demand for granting the Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to the Meiteis, a majority community in Manipur. Manjit Sarangthem, secretary general […]

Manipur ILP issue : heading towards civil war?

Manipur ILP issue : heading towards civil war?

The Manipur bills to curtail the rights of ‘non-locals’ has ruffled feathers beyond the state boundaries. It has become a hills versus valley issue. Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla and several organisations based in Assam and Manipur have urged the Centre not to give consent to the three controversial bills passed by the Manipur Assembly […]

Deeply divided Manipur: Valley peaceful, Hills burn,

Deeply divided Manipur: Valley peaceful, Hills burn,

Imphal: The Inner line permit monster still stalks Churachandpur town. It has sharply divided the hills and the valley. It doesn’t go away. Protests. Violence. Arson. Protesters set fire to two government offices at Churachandpur town in Manipur late Thursday afternoon . Now the death count has risen to eight in the on-going agitation over […]

Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

Imphal: Curfew is imposed, even as Imphal turns into a war zone, with thousands of youngsters almost rioting in support of an inner-line permit system for Manipur. Sapam Robinhood, a Class XI student of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy, Imphal East died and several people were injured as supporters clashed with police. Schools and Colleges […]

Mx Sandra and DM College Imphal: Making Gender History

Mx Sandra and DM College Imphal: Making Gender History

Imphal: DM College of Arts, one of Manipur’s premier colleges, has admitted their first transgender student. Mx Sandra Nandeibam , makes gender history by becoming the first Northeasern transgender to enrol in a Manipur College. In fact, Mx Nandeibam and DM College have made Northeastern gender history ! The college provided three columns to identify […]

Will Mapithal, swollen by Monsoon, swallow Chadong village?

Will Mapithal, swollen by Monsoon, swallow Chadong village?

Imphal: The rising water level in the Mapithel dam, which has already submerged crops and roads threatens to swallow the Chadong village in Ukhrul district, fear the villagers. One villager, Rebika Kasum observed, “The water will reach our dwellings soon. The road, including the only bridge that connects Chadong with other villages, is submerged. “The […]

Protests in the northeast over Yoga Day

Protests in the northeast over Yoga Day

The ‘over-promotion’ of International Yoga Day has resulted in vocal protests against it in Assam and other parts of the Northeast. The ‘surya-namaska’r element is raising hackles in certain quarters. Muslims point to the fact that the holy month of Ramadan is on, while some Christian sects object to being coerced to participate in such […]

Student body whacks teacher on parents’ complaint

Student body whacks teacher on parents’ complaint

Imphal: In today’s new regime of ‘mollycoddling’ students, it is not unusual for pampered parents to call for the head of a teacher, if he happens takes his belt to the behind of a belligerent boy. ‘Corporal punishment’ in schools has been outlawed, no matter if some of the brats lounging on the school benches […]

The Seven Sisters are not a quiet, peaceful, hymn singing bunch!

The North East of India has been a troubled region long before I was born. Grandparents in the region tell us of the 1950s when India literally waged a war against the tribal areas, using all kinds of tactics to consolidate their power after the British left. Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Aruncahal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and recently […]

Is Manipur to be another Gaza strip, asks Irom Sharmila

Is Manipur to be another Gaza strip, asks Irom Sharmila

IMPHAL: Manipur’s ‘Iron lady’ , and satayarahi Irom Sharmila has called for an immediate end to the armed conflict in the state, comparing the ongoing situation in Manipur and the conflict in Gaza. She expressed her anguish at reports of the militant ambush at Paraolon in Chandel district on June 4 and the subsequent retaliation […]