The guilty of Manipur

The Biren Singh government has abysmally failed; that it remains in power, but without authority over the state, is unjustifiable in any functioning democracy.

More than 35 weeks have elapsed since Manipur started burning last May and there are no signs of the fire being doused in the new year. The first week of this year has witnessed firefights between armed groups, which have resulted in at least five deaths. These deaths are no longer limited to the Kuki community, the ethnic minority that has been under a majoritarian assault by the state-patronised Meitei groups. On Monday, five Pangal Muslims were killed by armed members of a Meitei militia group at Lilong town in Thoubal district. Fourteen others, including three minors, were injured in …

Author

Sushant Singh

Sushant Singh is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has taught at Yale University (Fall 2019 and Fall 2021) and was deputy editor of The Indian Express. A winner of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2017 and 2018, he had earlier served in the Indian Army for two decades. He is also the author of Mission Overseas and co-author of Note by Note: The India Story.

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