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JMI to organising a talk on “The Crisis Before Manipur”

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Postby Pankaj » Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:50 pm

Centre for North East Studies, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia and India International Centre is organising a talk on “The Crisis Before Manipur” by Pradip Phanjoubam, editor of the Imphal Free Press, one of the most articulate and fearless voices to emerge from the North-east. The talk will be held at the India International Centre, New Delhi from 6:30 pm on February 9, 2011. Renowned scholar Sanjoy Hazarika and Saifuddin Kitchlew, Chair and Professor, Centre for North East Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, will be chairing.

Abstract of the talk by Pradip Phanjoubam:
Journalists from the northeast, in my case Manipur, are familiar with the problem of representing issues truthfully in a rather profound way. Assessments of local situations by locals are generally seen as tending towards the subjective and thereby unreliable. The dominant discourse in academic and journalistic writing treats nothing but the empirical and physically verifiable as the standard for identifying and gauging the truth of any claim.

This dilemma is even more acute as the ideologies behind most of the conflicts, at their most fundamental levels, are about secession from India, therefore, anti-national. To write of these movements with sympathy can invite censure, mostly indirect but direct as well. My concern in the past many years have been to try to negotiate with this problem.
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