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Proposed Nagaland Peace talks face many tangled snarls

Since NSCN(IM) is the mainstay of most of the militant outfits in the north-eastern region, providing them with arms, a settlement with this premier underground outfit, it is believed, will be a major step forward towards the goal of bringing insurgency to an end in

The Prime Minister did not disclose where and when he met the two NSCN leaders. But on February 21, Dr. V. Chishi Kanito, president of the Sema Ho Ho (elected council of the Sema tribe) told a media seminar in Kohima that Swu and Muivah had met Deve Gowda at Zurich in Switzerland on February 3. He also claimed that during the meeting Deve Gowda had indicated he was not averse to holding the talks at a mutually agreed venue, not necessarily in India. The fact of the meeting was also confirmed by other independent sources in Kohima.

However, not much progress seems to have been made since the February 3 meeting towards holding the actual talks. Reports from Kohima say both sides are working out the “modalities” of the talks. Also, sitting down for talks at the negotiating table and arriving at the substantive settlement are two different things. While the prospect for the second bristles with difficulties.

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Flashback February-1995 Rhythm of Manipur

Dance and music are closely relate to with the religious, cultural process and intricately woven with social life of the people of Manipur. The rich cultural heritage of Manipur forms an important part of the composite multi – dimensional cultural heritage of this country.

Though the distinct culture of Manipur flourished, struck roots and has borne fruit, some of the indigenous art forms and musical instruments were speedily dying out due to the process of fast modernisation. Add a comment Read more: Rhythm of Manipur

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Flashback January 1995 Manipur A Feast for Tourists

Manipur lies in the lap of the outlying region of Northeastern India with Myanmar in the East. Imphal, a fertile valley encircled by ranges of high hills, is the capital town of Manipur. The valley is populated by Meiiteis and the hills are populated by as many as 29 colourful tribes. Women folk in Manipur play a pivotal role in the socio – economic life of the state.

A ‘Little Paradise on Earth’, Manipur has been described as the ‘Switzerland of India’ by Lord Irwin. Manipur, the jeweled land, is the birthplace of polo and the rarest species of land lily called Shiroy Lily which grows on the Shiroy hills in Ukhrul District and is not found anywhere else in the world. Manipur is also the land of festivals – hardly a month goes by without a festival. Manipur is also the birthplace of Ras Leela dance where the gods took to dancing.

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Manipur dominates Tae-Kwon-do championships

Tae-kwon-do players of the All Manipur Tae-kwon–do Federation who represented Manipur in the second Rajiv Gandhi Invitational Tae–kwon–do Championship 1994 emerged as the team champions of the tournament. The championship organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Technical Committee under the sponsorship of the Universal Schools of Tae-kwon-do, New Delhi, was held at NSCA Indoor Stadium Shillong, Meghalaya, from October 27 to 29 last. The Manipur team, comprising of 21 boys and seven girls bagged twelve gold medals, three silver medals and ten bronze medals, a huge total of 25 medals.

Eight year old Miss Chingtham Sridevi’s winning of gold in the Ping Wui event and the award of Best Fighter to Miss Nanao Devi, have reaffirmed the fact that players from Manipur are still a step ahead of the players of other states in the field of games and sports, particularly in the North East. Add a comment Read more: FlashBack December 1994

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Chakmas Continue to be Isolated

With more than two weeks gone after the AAPSU deadline to foreigners to quit Arunachal before Sep. 30, problems are increasing day by day for both the foreigner and the state administration. Reports reaching Itanagar say that the additional companies of CRPF have been deployed in many sensitive places of Changlang district where the major chunk of the Chakmas are settled. Reports of violence have also appeared in a section of the press. The Chakmas are totally isolated as far as business, medical facilities and education are concerned.

Unlike the Tibetans who are willing to leave once Tibet is ‘free’, the Chakmas have no such option. Add a comment Read more: Flashback October 1994