Glimpses from villages in the Northeast: Traditional quarantine measures came alive during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Thongkholal Haokip Contributions to Indian Sociology, 56(1), February 2022, pp. 1-5. Abstract During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities in the hills of Northeast India fought the epidemic by taking recourse to traditional preventive health measures, both sealing off villages and quarantining to combat the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. These traditional emergency health measures grew out of local […]

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Development through Trade: Re-examining India’s Act East Policy and the Northeastern Region

By Thongkholal Haokip in Rakhee Bhattacharya (ed.). Developmentalism as Strategy: Interrogating Post-colonial Narratives on India’s North East. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2019. This chapter has laid down a critical alternative to understand ‘development through trade’ by relocating India’s Northeast in its highly debated Act East Policy. The Northeast which was ‘a meeting ground, a transit point and the southern trials […]

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Territoriality

By Thongkholal Haokip In Jelle J.P. Wouters and T.B. Subba (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Northeast India, Routledge, 2022, Chapter 71. Writing on hill politics in Northeast India at the time when most of the hilly areas of the region were still demanding statehood Shibanikinkar Chaube contends “that until the British advent, the notion of territorial or political authority was […]

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Indigenous Knowledge and Early Warning Systems

By Thongkholal Haokip in Amita Singh (ed.) International Handbook of Disaster Research, Singapore: Springer Nature, 2022. The experience and knowledge of older generation on disaster are rich with local warning indicators from birds, animals and other natural phenomena. Stories about natural disasters in the past are found in oral literatures, songs, poems and even lullabies. Such past knowledge can not […]

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Tribalism & its tragedy

By Thongkholal Haokip Tribal bodies in the North-east, with perniciously self-serving leaders at the helm, usurp the role of constitutionally recognised traditional institutions. Tribalism & its tragedy Tension gripped Nagaland in early 2017 over the reservation of one-third seats for women in urban local bodies of the state. It happened after the Naga Mothers’ Association, which is functioning as an […]

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Lingering trauma of a black September

Memories of the gruesome Tamei massacre haven’t faded for the Kukis as they continue to observe a traditional rite every year until the crime is resolved according to their customary laws. Thongkholal Haokip The Statesman, 13 September 2021. Fulltext PDF Lingering trauma of a black September Twenty-eight years ago, on 13 September, 88 innocent civil- ians, including a multitude of […]

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Much ado about nothing

Thongkholal Haokip The melee surrounding the proposed district councils bill in Manipur is nothing but a manifestation of deep divide between the hills and valley. A collective of eighteen MLAs from the hill areas of Manipur, including Chairman of the Hill Areas Committee, drafted “The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021” to be introduced in the 13th Session […]

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Academic approach to “Nampi Kipumkhatna Maicham”

By Thongkholal Haokip Originally written on July 24, 2011, in a group email. We have been discussing and sharing our views on the recently concluded “Nampi Kipumkhatna Maicham”. Different approaches have been taken ranging from accusation, biblical, pessimism to optimism based on one’s personal background and also on the propensity with the parties involved in the erection of the monumental […]

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