“Encroachment of forest land, poppy cultivation, illegal immigration, a fight for land and identity: The many faces of the unrest in Manipur”, Op India, May 6, 2023:
“The literal meaning of ‘Manipur’ is the land of ornaments. Manipur was a princely state during the British rule. It was merged in September 1949 when the king of Manipur, Bodhchandra Singh, signed the letter of the merger. The merger became effective on October 15, 1949. After the establishment of the Indian constitution on January 26, 1950, Manipur was included in Indian Federation as a section ‘C’ state under a Chief Commissioner. In time, a regional council of thirty selected and two nominated members was established. Later In 1962, a constituency of thirty selected and three nominated members was established under Union Territory Act.
Since December 19, 1969, the status of administrator was upgraded from Chief Commissioner to Lieutenant Governor. Manipur was granted the status of a complete state on January 21, 1972, when a constituency of 60 elected members was established. At present, it has 2 Lok Sabha and 1 Rajya Sabha seat. It has a unique geographical location as its border touches Nagaland in the North, Mizoram in the South, Assam in the West and Myanmar in the East. It has an area of a total of 22,347sq. km (8,628sq mi)…”
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