23 June, 2021

Manipur Diary

This summer vacation we took our boys to Imphal. “Really?” asked friends. “Who goes to Imphal?” Actually, many.

Manipur Diary
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Pearl in the East

This summer vacation we took our boys to Imphal. “Really?” asked friends. “Who goes to Imphal?” Actually, many. Those who stay in the state and those who work there. There are three daily flights to New Delhi, and all are full. Yes, there is physical as well as emotional connectivity now, and we should start building on it quickly, before it gets back to the dark ages of the ’60s when Manipur was ruled by an administrator of the Indian army.

We went to the hill district of Churachandpur, a bustling little town till recently affected by the underground insurgent groups. But change is palpable. People want peace and prosperity. Manipuris working in other parts of the country realise what peace can bring. And they now seek a piece of that prosperity. Just a few miles outside is the Khuga Dam. It was...

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