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  • The Culture of ‘Bandhs’ and the Absence of Local Governance in the Northeast

    The time has come for citizens of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland to stand up against the negative culture of ‘bandhs’ issued by armed groups who invariably represent only themselves, and hold their state governments accountable for poor governance.

    November 25, 2010

    Partha Sarathy asked: Why did the Central Government remain silent during Manipur-Nagaland crisis involving muivah's visit to his village in Manipur?

    Namrata Goswami replies: Muivah's visit to his village in Manipur was not going to be a smooth affair; that was known to all parties involved, be it the Central government or the concerned states for three obvious reasons. First, the territorial discourse of the NSCN (IM) on Naga unification, which includes areas of Manipur is not supported by the Meiteis in Manipur. Second, Muivah's visit would have polarised the Nagas and the Meiteis even further politically. Third, vested political interests within Manipur would have hoped to gain political mileage by resisting Muivah's visit.

    In this context, the Central government after clearing Muivah's visit remained silent since it became a issue between Manipur and Nagaland. It must be stated that both the Manipur Chief Minister, Ibobi Singh and the Nagaland Chief Minister, Nipheu Rio, when consulted by the Central government about Muivah's intended visit to his village did not raise objections in Delhi. Only after Ibobi Singh reached Manipur did he raise objections to Muivah's visit based on the political climate in the Imphal valley. The Centre should have however intervened when the economic blocade of Manipur by Naga groups were imposed for nearly two months. Blockade of national highways is unconstitutional and must not be tolerated at any cost.

    Manipur Blockade: A Tale of Vested Political Interests and Exclusivist Narratives

    Only social cohesion and determination by local communities to bring about peace can realistically tide over vested political interests and narrow destructive narratives that seem to be informing the present crisis between Manipur and Nagaland.

    June 10, 2010

    A Study on Illegal Immigration into North-East India: The Case of Nagaland

    A Study on Illegal Immigration into North-East India: The Case of Nagaland

    Efforts to control and prevent illegal immigration remain highly inadequate in India; and likely to remain so in the coming years. But, the reality is that unabated illegal immigration has enormous demographic and social implications, capable of creating tensions and conflict between the immigrants and the natives; and more so among the natives.

    In Search of Peace in Manipur: Lessons from Nagaland

    Manipur has witnessed a rise in insurgency-related violence in recent years. Ordinary people are caught in the crossfire between different ethnic insurgent groups and the security forces. This paper examines the ceasefire in neighbouring Nagaland and argues that a similar ceasefire with better monitoring and enforcement could usher in relative peace in Manipur. Since the agreement on suspension of operations with Kuki insurgents is already in force and there is relative calm in Naga areas, an offer of a ceasefire to all groups is likely to bring down violence

    November 2008

    A Way Out of Naga Factional Violence

    Nagaland has been up in flames for quite sometime now. For the past eight months or so, heavy inter-factional killings between the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah [NSCN (IM)], the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang [NSCN (K)], and the newly formed National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Unification [NSCN (U)], have been vitiating the atmosphere there. On July 9, clashes between the NSCN (IM) and the NSCN (U) in Diphupar village led to the death of a few insurgents.

    July 23, 2008

    The Assam-Nagaland Border Face Off

    Come August, Assam and Nagaland breathed a sigh of relief with the heavens opening up to an extent, bringing with it much respite to the local people from recurring floods and landslide plagued roadways. But with the retreat of the heavy rains, a different if not less difficult situation has emerged. The political atmosphere in both states was charged up with tension in early August following a "war like situation" in the Assam-Nagaland border near Jorhat district in Assam and Mokokchung district in Nagaland, respectively.

    August 17, 2007