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Northeastern View | In Manipur, what does violence hold out for voters?

As political violence declined, voter turnout shot up with Manipur seeing a turnout of 85% in the 2017 election. Seven years later, this may not be the case

A poster spreading awareness to vote is pictured on a street ahead of the elections in Imphal, Manipur, India, April 7, 2024. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:22 PM IST

Northeastern View | Waiting for “Act East” panacea a decade on

The Act East policy was meant to be an interface between Northeast India and Southeast Asia, but region-wide development needs a lot more

A liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) delivery truck drives along India's Tezpur-Tawang highway which runs to the Chinese border, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.(REUTERS/ File photo)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 11:18 PM IST

Northeastern View | What's in a name? Territorial dominance, for one

China has released the 4th list of 'standardised geographical names' of places along the Arunachal border; India's response to such actions is more development

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @TheAshokSinghal ON MARCH 8, 2024** Sela Tunnel between Tezpur in Assam and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, constructed at the staggering altitude of 13000 feet, ahead of its dedication to the tunnel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 9, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI03_09_2024_000134B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:19 PM IST

Northeastern View | In the face of Chinese ingress, India holds Bhutan tight

The recent mutual show of friendship between India and Bhutan would not seem out of the ordinary but for Beijing’s pugnacious outreach to India’s neighbours

**EDS: IMAGE VIA PIB** Paro: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck waves to the gathering at the Paro International Airport as he departs for New Delhi, in Paro, Bhutan, Saturday, March 23, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI03_23_2024_000244B)(PTI)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 05:30 PM IST

The demand for a separate ‘Frontier Nagaland’ state has a colonial history

What's needed is an honest four-cornered dialogue between New Delhi, Kohima, and the competing demands for a separate eastern Nagaland and a united ‘Nagalim’

The ENOPO has been demanding a separate Frontier Nagaland state since 2010 over alleged issues of discrimination. (File)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:21 AM IST

Northeastern View | Making sense of Assam’s discordant response to the CAA

Assamese ethnonationalist groups are inherently pitted against both Bengali Hindus and Muslims. The CAA poses a continuing challenge to their agenda

Students protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Guwahati, India, Tuesday, March 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)(AP)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 12:04 AM IST

Why the recent Karbi-Hindi tensions in Assam is a tricky situation for the BJP

In the Northeast, armed groups have pitted indigenous identity and ethnonationalism against Hindi-speaking migrants. For the BJP, both are important vote banks

Karbi groups, such as the Karbi Students’ Association, allege that the Hindi-speaking Nonia, an Other Backward Caste (OBC) agrarian community with origins in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, have been occupying reserved grazing land across the hills(Karbi Students' Association.)
Published on Mar 08, 2024 06:57 PM IST

Northeastern View | India’s Kaladan Project in western Myanmar may not be viable

Resistance forces fighting the military regime gain ground along the river in Rakhine and Chin states, even as the project runs late and costs are escalating

File photo: Workers seen on the Indian side of the Kaladan project at Lawngtlai in Mizoram.(HT Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Northeastern View | How the amended FCA can change the course of NE politics

The framework of national vs ecological security set up by the act is dangerous. The SC’s interim order gives us pause enough to go back to the drawing board

Dzukou Valley in Nagaland is sacred to the Angami Naga tribe (Instagram/@jitofalltrades)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 07:58 PM IST

Northeastern View | Why is Manipur still on the boil?

It has been over nine months since the ethnic violence between the Meitei and Kuki-Zo communities began. Here are three reasons why violence continues to erupt

Manipur has been in the throes of ethnic violence between the majority Meitei community and the tribal Kukis since May 3 last year. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 06:18 PM IST

India’s relationship with Myanmar’s Arakan Army — it’s complicated

An alleged betrayal of Arakanese rebels 26 years ago continues to affect India's strategic interests. At stake is a multi-crore rupee Kaladan project

Smoke is seen bellowing from a Myanmar Border Police post following fighting between Myanmar security forces and Arakan Army, an ethnic minority army, in Ghumdhum, Bandarban, Bangladesh, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. Nearly a hundred members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police have fled their posts and taken shelter in Bangladesh during fighting between Myanmar security forces and an ethnic minority army, an official of Bangladesh's border agency said Monday. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)(AP)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 05:47 PM IST

The ULFA deal is a lesson on geopolitics, messaging and factionalism

The historic deal signed with the pro-talks faction of Assam’s oldest insurgency group, and India is a watered-down version of the group’s early demands

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma with members of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) during signing of a peace accord between ULFA and the central and Assam governments, in New Delhi, Friday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 08:38 PM IST

The open border policy between India and Myanmar has a long historical legacy

The Nagas, Mizos and other ethnic communities with cross-border familial ties always saw the demarcated boundary as nothing more than a colonial vestige

People who fled Myanmar carry their belongings across a bridge that connects Myanmar and India at the border village of Zokhawthar, Champhai district, in India’s northeastern state of Mizoram (REUTERS PHOTO)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 08:33 PM IST

Who is the Manipur group that signed a historic truce with the Union government?

UNLF's story isn’t simply one of ideological and military defiance. It also shows how a socialist anti-State insurgency can turn into an inter-ethnic conflict

Members of banned group UNLF after signing the peace agreement. (Amit Shah/X)
Published on Dec 15, 2023 07:11 PM IST

Unpacking Mizoram’s stance towards Myanmar’s Chin refugees

As more refugees pour into Mizoram from Myanmar, a look at the ties that bind the people across the borders, and historical disquietude that underpins it

Champhai, Nov 14 (ANI): Refugees at a camp after entering from Myanmar into Mizoram's Champhai following clashes between armed resistance forces and the military junta, in Champhai on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI Pic Service)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 01:51 PM IST

Myanmar's armed rebellion against the junta over the years

As Myanmar's ethnic armed organisations band together to challenge the military junta in power, their vision has become a national revolutionary goal

Members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army pose for a photograph with the weapons allegedly seized from the Myanmar’s army outpost on a hill in Chinshwehaw town, Myanmar, on Oct. 28, 2023 (The Kokang” online media via AP)
Published on Nov 20, 2023 05:22 PM IST

India’s key role in 21st century non-alignment

As Covid-19, the climate crisis, and Russia’s war in Ukraine exacerbate inequities in the world order, there is a strategic relevance for India to be a leader of developing nations in their quest for equity and autonomy

India’s stature and the call for renewed leadership emanates from the power of her example. It is the resilience of the Indian democratic project that distinguishes India as a non-western global leader like no other. (ANI)
Published on Aug 24, 2022 09:05 PM IST
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