The Kukis of Northeast India: Politics and Culture

The Kukis of Northeast India: Politics and Culture, Bookwell, 2013.   This book brings together a number of essays dealing with various aspects of Kuki politics and culture. The objectives are to understand and highlight the traditional system of Kuki politics and administration, trace the genesis and evolution of Kuki autonomy movements in Northeast India, and to assess the value […]

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The Anglo-Kuki War, 1917–1919: A Frontier Uprising against Imperialism during the First World War

The Anglo-Kuki War, 1917–1919: A Frontier Uprising against Imperialism during the First World War (Routledge, 2019) This book explores the Kuki uprising against the British Empire during the First World War in Northeast frontier of India (then Assam-Burma frontier). It underlines how of the three-year war (1917–1919), spanning over 6,000 square miles, is crucial to understanding present-day Northeast India. The […]

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India’s Look East Policy and the Northeast

India’s Look East Policy and the Northeast (Sage Publications, 2015) The Why, What and Where of India’s Look East Policy and the Role of Northeast … And then one day a wall in Berlin came down. Bipolar world became multi polar, calling for greater regional integration. Foreign policy choices were reoriented and India was no exception. It had begun to […]

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Chief Minister in the Dock

By Thongkholal Haokip Indian Express, 11 October 2023. PDF N. Biren Singh government’s decisions in Manipur have increased hostility among communities, prolonged current impasse. Last month, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh requested the central government to revoke the Free Movement Regime (FMR) agreement with Myanmar in order to curb the influx of the so-called “illegal immigrants”, allegedly responsible for […]

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Shrinking Academic Space

Thongkholal Haokip Journal of North East India Studies, Vol. 13(2), Jul.-Dec. 2023, pp. 1-7. Fulltext PDF The censorship on academic publications and imposition of CCS (Conduct) rules in Manipur, and the attempts to impose it in other parts of India, is not only an affront to academic freedom, it will hinder the achievement of the goals of India’s new education […]

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A Silencing in Manipur

Rules for academic publication, conduct of teachers pose a risk for democracy. By Thongkholal Haokip The Indian Express, 1 December 2022, p. 15. On September 15, the government of Manipur issued an order that requires prior approval to publish books on the state. Listing certain topics that are under scrutiny, a committee will examine the manuscripts. The topics include works […]

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Challenges for Democratic Governance in Manipur

in G. Ram (ed.). Exploring Social Margins: Human Development in India’s North East. Guwahati: Eastern Book House, 2017. pp. 270-280. In a state where there exist a number of ethnic groups which are mostly antagonistic, often parallel and competing in their aspirations and supported by each of their armed groups rebelling against the India state demanding various levels of autonomy, […]

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Looking East Via Moreh: Prospects and Challenges for the Kukis

in N. Haokip & M. Lunminthang (eds.) The Kuki Society: Past, Present and Future. New Delhi: Maxford, 2011, pp. 190-202. The division of British India and the then Burma in 1937, the hardening of international borders since 1947 and the subsequent disruption of old trade routes by the colonial rulers, India’s import substitution economy after 1947 deprived the trans-border communities […]

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