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How Does the Delimitation of Constituencies Influence Elections in Manipur?

Manipur has two parliamentary seats in the Lok Sabha, out of which the Outer Manipur constituency is reserved for a tribal candidate. However, in 1954, the Delimitation Commission of India clubbed the electorates of the erstwhile Thoubal subdivision (excluding Bishenpur tehsil) with the Outer Manipur constituency to "balance" the number of voters in the two constituencies, thereby increasing the number of non-tribal voters in Outer Manipur. This arrangement denies non-tribal people the right to contest elections and makes ST candidates dependent on non-tribal votes for electoral success.

The Futility of Fighting the Police

When the police violently crush protesters to shield those in power, the right to dissent stands defeated.

Layers of Ranks

It is impossible to escape the often demeaning grip of hierarchy in Indian society, which grades individuals on the basis of their ritual purity.

The Usual Suspects

The Delhi Metro’s warning against “suspicious persons” is a sorry comment on the dangers of racial profiling and stereotyping in the fight against terror.

Nido Taniam and the Fraught Question of Racism in India

Racial prejudice against people from the north-east is most acutely felt at the institutional level where their Indianness is also questioned. Racism cannot be addressed unless the police force is reformed and sensitised.

Manipur and Its Demand for Internal Autonomy

Reviewing the fraught political situation in Manipur with the diverging demands for autonomy, which revived after apparent progress and near closure of the talks with the Nagas, this article assesses those demands and traces their origins. Arguing that the government has now an opportunity to force a compromise solution on all parties, it calls for a proactive role of the government to bring about lasting peace in the region.
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