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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Shrinking democratic space

The mass stifling of college teachers in Manipur through imposition of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules is an impairment of their profession Thongkholal Haokip The Statesman, September 1, 2020 On 10 August 2020, the Nongthombam Biren Singh government in Manipur, through the Directorate of University and Higher Education, issued an office memorandum enforcing the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, […]

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Misrepresenting the past

Given the fragile ethnic relations among groups with conflicting experiences, history must be written carefully By Thongkholal Haokip The Statesman, 25 November 2019 On 16 October 2019, the Government of Manipur declared 17 October as a “restricted holiday” for Kukis in the state to commemorate the valour and sacrifice of their forefathers, who fought a resistance war against a colonial empire […]

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Politics of remembering

By Thongkholal Haokip The Statesman, October 14, 2019 Although the Manipur uprising of 1891 has been widely commemorated in the state, the Kuki uprising from 1917-1919 still has no place in public memory Two political occurrences were considered to be the “most significant” during the British rule in Manipur — the Manipur uprising of 1891 and the Kuki uprising from […]

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Challenges before the new Manipur government

Thongkholal Haokip The Seven Sisters Post, April 25, 2012 The recently held state assembly elections in Manipur were mired with widespread proxy voting and mass manipulation of photos leading to not only one but two re-polls. Despite the poor handing of the 120-day economic blockade imposed on the two national highways by Sadar Hill Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) and a […]

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