Violent Clashes

Since early May, the northeastern Indian state of Manipur has been rocked by a series of violent clashes between the Meitei people, a majority that lives in the Imphal Valley, and minority Kuki tribals. The violence has left nearly 100 dead and valuable property destroyed. The Supreme Court has declared it a “purely law and order issue,” but opposition parties have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention.

The situation in Manipur is complex and involves multiple actors. On one side are the Meitei people, who make up most of Manipur’s population and live in the Imphal Valley; on the other are minority Kuki tribals. In addition, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been accused of taking assistance from some Kuki groups to win the 2017 Manipur election.

The gravity of this situation cannot be overstated: eleven people have been shot dead and fourteen injured in just one fresh outbreak of ethnic violence alone. Three delegations from violence-struck Manipur have even visited New Delhi to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he has yet to take any action or make any statement regarding this crisis.

“I never imagined my life would take this turn. I never wanted to touch guns. My goals and my dreams have all shattered because of the crisis. I have my home and my family to protect now,” said Chochoan, a post-grad student living in bunkers to protect himself while studying for exams.

India’s National Security

The ongoing unrest and violence in the northeastern state of Manipur, India, is raising serious concerns about the country’s national security and the potential for further instability in the region. As ethnic tensions continue to escalate, the threat of violence spilling over into other regions of India becomes increasingly likely, necessitating a robust and proactive response from the Indian government and military.