3rd colloquium of NSA held


Dimapur, September 30: The third colloquium of the Naga Scholars’ Association (NSA) was held on September 28 in School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. Dr.Zuchamo Yanthan, President of NSA welcomed the gathering and has introduced the resource person and the speakers.
The programme witnessed a lively participation from the scholars. The theme of the day centered around issues that are concerned with the political economy of the North-East Region and the question of justice or injustice thereof associated with it.
The argument of the opening paper by Dr.Raile R Ziipao from Harvard University, UK titled “infrastructure of Injustice: A perspective from within” was to disentangle the pattern and distribution of infrastructure in Manipur.
It is premised on the argument that infrastructure is fundamentally a relational concept and its development has always been an act of power and is a space of contestation. Colonialism as such is not over for the tribes in Manipur as elsewhere it can be experienced in different forms, ‘colonialism by discourse’ being the most pervasive form.
The second paper presented by Phuireingam Hongchui was on the “Political Economy of the Nagas.” The focus of the paper was on examining the nature and developmental discourse that concerns the political economy of the Nagas post-Independence. He argued that what was once a self-sufficient subsistence economy that allowed room for a communitarian as well as liberal notion of distribution to co-exist was now at threat. The reason for such a state of affair is because the political economy of the region is understood and thus defined more often from the point of a conflict zone. Such readings in turn lead to a deepening of the political conflict rather than resolving it. Thus, he stressed on the need for keeping in mind the peculiarity and context specificity of the region if one is to arrive at a better understanding of the political economy of the Nagas.
The session was chaired by a well known author Prof A S Narang who has a long experience of teaching and research in different universities in India and abroad. The audience unanimously felt that NSA has taken up a very relevant topic and complimented the efforts and dedication of the organizing team.
The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Lungthuiyang Riamei General Secretary of NSA. The rapportuer of the session was Solomon Zingkhai.
(Page News Service)