Esha Roy


Surprise BJP win in Manipur bypolls may spur more Congress defections
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

What is likely to happen over the next year before the 2017 elections is the defection of Congress leaders to the BJP – as has happened in Assam.

13 years too late for many in North Bengal’s tea gardens
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

25 deaths at Bagrakote tea garden in North Bengal since April got CM Mamata Banerjee to tour the region, announce a package and take action against the owners. That's 13 years too late for many in the tea country, where hunger and deaths set in a while ago.

‘You have to do what you get to fill stomach’
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

From a small village in Bihar, Yadav came to Kolkata when he was barely 15, looking for a job to support his family.

Signs of Saradha, swings of political fortune as Puja arrives in Kolkata
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a Puja theme song that will be played across the city.

Poll violence in WB: Costly blunder for Mamata?
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

Then TMC hooligans and henchmen descended on polling booths, attacked and abused voters and the media alike.

West Bengal civic polls: Why Left is pulling out all stops
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

CPM has fielded former state finance minister Asim Dasgupta as mayoral candidate in Bidhannagar for the elections on October 3.

The risk of reason
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Rationalist groups in India fight not just superstitions, ‘godmen’, ‘ghosts’, ‘spirits’ or social injustice. As profiles of several across India show, threats are a constant presence.

‘I exposed 700 godmen, 7,000 fled’
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

“In some of these places, they use balls of wheat dough to determine if someone is a ‘witch’. If the dough floats, the woman is branded a witch”.

Old insecurities and new fears in Manipur violence that killed eight
Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The deadly protests in Churachandpur — and the ongoing ILP agitation — are rooted in tensions between the tribes and Meiteis, and a rising pressure on land in the Imphal valley.

Manipur violence: Another Land bill leads to protests
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

Unless the Manipur government is able to reassure its tribal population, analysts say that the coming months may see further incidents of violence.

Kukis clash with Meiteis over ILP
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

There were also reports of Kuki student leaders ransacking shops run by Meiteis and burning their goods on the streets. The office of the Meitei Council was also set on fire.

Communal clash in Moreh over Inner Line Permit
Wed, Aug 19, 2015

The clashes took place between the Meitei community, which has been demanding that the Inner Line Permit be introduced in Manipur, and the Kuki tribe, which is the dominant community in this area.

Why the Naga peace accord is keeping Manipur on its toes
Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Tension has been palpable in Manipur since August 3 after the signing of the Naga peace accord

Manipur asks Centre to send more forces to control law and order as agitations continue
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

In a recent communication to the Union Home Ministry, the Manipur government has requested that more forces be sent to the state to control the law and order situation in the light of the ILP agitation taking place in Manipur.

Lockdown in Imphal: Living in a city that shuts down every day
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Curfew, bandhs, shutdowns and sit-ins — for close to a month, protests over the Inner Line Permit have paralysed the Manipur capital.

JCILP stir brings life to a halt in Manipur
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

An examination conducted by the Manipur Public Service Commission was disrupted midway on Sunday at Ibotonsana Girl’s Higher Secondary School when an angry mob of school students entered the school forcibly.

Inner Line Permit: Why Manipur is on the boil again
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

The first demand for restoration of the ILP in Manipur was made in Parliament in 1980, and on several ocassions subsequently.

Imphal protests: Manipur govt blinks, withdraws Bill on regulation of visitors
Mon, Jul 13, 2015

The Bill was passed on March 16 by the state Assembly. A special sitting of the Manipur State Assembly is being convened shortly.

Manipur agitation: 1 killed as students clash with police
Thu, Jul 09, 2015

Imphal police control confirmed the student's death.

Manipur mulls lifting ban on liquor sale
Thu, Jul 02, 2015

The CM’s proposal comes exactly a year after neighbouring Mizoram lifted its ban on sale of liquor in July 2014.

In Manipur militancy hub, Myanmar provides what ‘distant’ India does not
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Villages bank on barter across the border, militants provide more medical help ‘than state govt ever did’

At border village, recalling Army’s Myanmar operation: ‘We heard shooting, explosions… boom, boom, boom’
Sun, Jun 14, 2015

“Suddenly, we heard a lot of shooting and bombs going off in the near distance. Boom, boom, boom. We were wondering what was happening,” 55-year-old Hemlet Guite, a village elder, said.

Attack no hurdle to Naga peace talks but geography remains tricky as ever
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Sources say Muivah now appears willing to consider options floated by the Indian government, including more autonomy for the Naga hill districts of Manipur.

Manipur ambush: Amid Army operation, focus on villages rife with militancy
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Security experts in Manipur claim that Chorokhurnao village in Ukhrul was, in all probability, used by the insurgents as it is the shortest and safest route to the location of the ambush.

Hounded by kin, cops, Muslim couple goes into hiding
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

It was in August last year that Ahmad and Habib had met each other through a mutual friend.

Manipur ambush: Why the attack?
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

The attack is seen as an attempt by a miffed and slighted Khaplang to send out the message that they cannot be ignored.

Manipur ambush: Groups that attacked the 6 Dogra
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

Esha Raoy profiles the NSCN (Khaplang), KYKL and KCP — outfits that killed 18 Army personnel in Manipur’s Chandel district last week.

Manipur ambush: Family identifies lone rebel killed, Khaplang outfit hails its ‘martyr’
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

Family members have identified the body to be of 30-year-old Rajabglung Kamei, son of Alu Kamei of Noney in Tamenglong district of Manipur.

Attack on Army in Manipur: Unexploded IED, misleading calm
Sat, Jun 06, 2015

“The bomb is still live. We arrived after the incident was over and have been here ever since. We are conducting searches. But the insurgents could very well have left for Myanmar,’’ said a soldier from 6 Dogra Regiment.

Manipur Army ambush: Chandel has been a breeding ground for insurgent groups
Fri, Jun 05, 2015

Chandel district in Manipur is also known to be a hub of cross border smuggling of arms and drugs.

Manipur ambush: 18 army men killed, 11 injured
Fri, Jun 05, 2015

At least 20 army personnel were killed and eleven injured on Thursday when an insurgent group ambushed their patrol in Chandel district of Manipur.

Manipur Autonomous District Council polls: Kidnappings mar campaign, vote today
Mon, Jun 01, 2015

The tumultuous campaign for the elections of the Autonomous District Councils come to an end on Sunday afternoon.

Manipur agriculture minister sexually harassed delegate at World Youth Summit, alleges youth activist
Sun, May 24, 2015

Kangujam alleged that the minister Abdul Nasir had asked two women delegates to his room in a hotel where they had put up, promising them money.

Manipur: Teen killed in police firing
Wed, May 20, 2015

The incident occurred on Sunday night when a group of young men were returning from a picnic in two vehicles from Selheipung Garden.

Youth shot at by Manipur Police for refusing to stop at checkpoint succumbs to injuries
Tue, May 19, 2015

Family and friends of the victim have called for an indefinite strike on the Imphal-Ukhrul road demanding the termination of all the commandos involved in the incident.

Curfew imposed in Imphal, 8 members of banned outfit held
Fri, May 15, 2015

The two masons died when they were taken "into custody" by the underground group during interrogation by the cadre members.