My reportage from Manipur started in the year 2006. For the last ten years I have returned to the state every year trying to unravel why Manipur remains a land of many contradictions: a land where the State is both absent and oppressive. The reportage has often thrown issues of national security, the efficacy versus the need of AFSPA, the apathy of the political class. Some of my reportage from the years gone by is listed below.

At the Ima Keithel, Imphal, Manipur


  • Why non violent struggles deserve our attention?: I write for Scroll on what the end of Irom Sharmila’s fast tells us about India. (Aug 3, 2016)
  • Why did the daughter-in-law of the UNLF chief don the police uniform?: I write for Scroll on the resignation of Thounaojam Brinda,  the daughter-in-law of RK Meghen, the chief of the banned UNLF, currently in jail . She speaks on state and non-state actors and why the Manipur government’s mistrust of her is at the heart of her resignation. (April 17, 2016)
  • Why Irom Sharmila’s 16-year old fast moves very few? Published in Scroll on March 14, 2016 as Sharmila turned 44.
  • Should Manipur’s Iron Lady Irom Sharmila continue her protest in another form?: Published in Scroll on November 2, 2015.
  • What does the Modi-Muivah peace accord really mean?: Published by on August 4, 2015.
  • How Tripura got rid of AFSPA, can Manipur follow?: Published by on May 28, 2015.
  • A democracy of armed soldiers: Manipur’s tryst with AFSPA. Published in The Hindu on August 22, 2014 under a different title.
  • Indian Army strikes insurgent posts in Myanmaar, after the attack on an Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur: An interview with the former Army Chief Gen VP Malik.
  • Irom Sharmila’s 10 year fast: You can watch it here.