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Ex-Mizo chief minister questions Sonia faith – The Times of India

In North East on November 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Former Mizoram chief minister and chief of the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), Zoramthanga, has questioned the religion of UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Addressing party workers at the Hnam Run MNF office in Aizawl, Zoramthanga alleged that Indian nationalism has sought to do away with other religions and nationalities in the name of secularism.

“Sonia Gandhi used to be a Roman Catholic, the most orthodox church among Christian church denominations,” he said, adding that after she immersed herself in Indian nationalism it has become impossible to identify her religion. He further said that Indian nationalism is sacrificing other religions by trying to bring other nationalities into the mainstream. “Equality of all religions was espoused in the name of secularism,” he said.Slamming chief minister Lal Thanhawla and his wife for allegedly performing puja before a Hindu idol, Zoramthanga termed the incident as “most serious”.

“The Congress tried to defend its leader by saying ‘even our former governor attended a Christian church service’, but the fact remains that the chief minister disobeyed the Bible,” he said. He referred to the Bible and said Jesus Christ did not amend the Ten Commandments which says, “Thou shalt not have other Gods except Me and do not worship idols.”

Lal Thanhawla and his wife have been in the line of fire of the MNF and the opposition parties after a Kolkata-based English newspaper published a photograph showing them lighting candles before an idol of a Hindu goddess.

via Ex-Mizo chief minister questions Sonia faith – The Times of India.


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.

16 houses burnt, one killed in Haflong violence ,ASSAM

In North East on October 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

The Assam Tribune Epaper.


HAFLONG, Oct 16 – Miscreants burnt down at least 16 houses of Gaijen village under Haflong policeStation early this morning and killed a 90-years-old man Thaisiring Daolagupu, besides injuring three other persons of the village.

According to the villagers, a group of about 35 people dressed in black clothes entered the village started indiscriminate firing, and then set fire to 16 houses of the village. The miscreants also killed domestic animals of the villagers. All the 16 houses were reduced to ashes, the villagers could save nothing of theirbelongings.

Police reached the spot immediately after the incident. The incident of house burning happened when the DIG, Southern Range Vinod Kumar is camping at Haflong following another incident of house burning at Jebra or Choto Longren village on October 14 last.

Two months of Manipur blockade: An LPG cylinder for Rs2,000 and rice at Rs70 a kg! – India – DNA

In North East on September 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Manipur has been literally held to ransom by two tribal organisations who have enforced ‘economic blockades’ on the two national highways in the state on the issue of the demand for the creation of a new district.

Fifty-eight days into the blockades, the prices of essential commodities have spiraled like never before. According to locals, petrol is being sold at Rs120 to Rs140 and diesel Rs70 a litre in the black market in Manipur capital Imphal.

“An LPG cylinder is being sold at Rs1,600 to Rs2,000 in the black market. We are buying mustard oil at Rs120 a litre and we presume the one we are buying is also not pure,” said Abdul Haque, leader of All Manipur Students’ Union.

via Two months of Manipur blockade: An LPG cylinder for Rs2,000 and rice at Rs70 a kg! – India – DNA.