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Manipur Crisis: Are FMR Suspension And Border Fencing A Solution To The Ethnic Violence?

The two contentious solutions pushed by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to end the ethnic violence raging since May last year are bound to cause upheaval in the lives of the communities living on either side of the Indo-Myanmar border and impact livelihoods
March 7, 2024
The Moreh Gate has been locked, restricting the free movement of traders on wither side of the border. Photo: Ninglun Hanghal

With the Indian government deciding to end the Free Movement Regime (FMR) and fence the Indo-Myanmar border, a sense of unease and disconcert has gripped the civil society organisations and border communities in Nagaland, Mizoram, and Manipur. In Manipur’s border village of Govajang in Tengnoupal district (near Moreh town), barbed wire fencing has come up.

Sonboi Lhungdim, a resident of Moreh and a popular YouTuber, who visited the border villages to see the fencing work, says, “Tracks along which we go and come, or they come and go, have been closed.” Momoun Singson, another resident of Moreh, says that “the border fence is going to tremendously affect our daily lives”.

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Ninglun Hanghal

She is an Imphal based freelance journalist and writes on the most burning issues in the north-east for some of India’s leading publications. With her extensive contacts in the region, she gets details and information, which are difficult to gather. She writes on current affair, politics, gender issues and human rights.