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Seminar on
"Manipur: Untying the Bind,
Analysing Conflict & Development in the Frontier State",
March 28-29, 2003, Imphal

The seminar was held in collaboration with the Imphal Free Press, with the objective of assessing the challenges of development in the State and to analyse the possibilities of an economic resurgence in the context of persistent violence and political instability, and of the present policies of the Centre and the State Government. The seminar also assessed the scale and patterns of persisting violence and the potential for peace in Manipur, and examined the problems of integration, the assertion of ethnicity and their impact on the stability of the State and the country. Spread over two days, the seminar also analysed the responses of civil society organisations and the State towards to the politics of violence, and the initiation of a transformation in the scenario of governance and developmental in the State.

Photo: Inaugural Session of the Seminar

The seminar was inaugurated by HE Ved Marwah, Governor of Manipur. Dr. Nara Singh, Minister of Arts & Culture, Government of Manipur was the guest of honour in the inaugural function, which was presided by Mr. K P S Gill, President, Institute for Conflict Management. The seminar, which was held in the Conference Hall of the State Guest House in Imphal, brought together bureaucrats, security officials, academicians, politicians, researchers, NGO activists and journalists. Nine research papers were presented on various aspects of the State's peace and development during the course of the seminar.

Photo: Participants at the Seminar






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