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Current Situation in Manipur

In North East on October 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

The ongoing blockade in Manipur – over the proposed creation of a new district – along its two national highways that connect it to the rest of the country has brought to the fore the absurd limits the notion of an exclusive ethnic homeland can be pushed to.

Briefly, the Kuki tribes dominated Sadar Hills (“Special Area Demarcated as Auto­nomous Region”), a subdivision of the Naga tribes dominated Senapati district in north Manipur, launched an agitation ­under a newly formed organisation – the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee – demanding that the Sadar Hills be made an independent district by bifurcating the Senapati district. This demand is at least 20 years old. But because of various reasons, including not the least the anticipation of trouble of the kind witnessed currently, the state government has been keeping the matter in a limbo, promising to do it to appease those deman­ding it but never doing so to pacify those opposing it. The demand for a new district hardened this year and became a blockade starting on 1 August to arm-twist the state government into conceding it. No sooner than the Kuki blockade began, the Nagas under the leadership of the United Naga Council (UNC) imposed a parallel blockade with a message to the government that they would never agree to such a district and that their own blockade was a warning of the shape of things to come if they were not heeded.

via Manipur’s Theatre of the Absurd.

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