Makepeace Sitlhou is an award-winning independent journalist from India who has covered the country’s Northeast region for several international publications. She is currently a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University.
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There has been a communal undercurrent to the ethnic conflict in India’s Manipur state, as Meitei Christians have suffered attacks on their churches and residences, along with threats to convert them to Sanamahism, the Indigenous faith followed by the Meiteis before they became Hindus, Christians and Muslims in the 18th century.
In India’s far eastern corner, the state of Manipur is facing intense ethnic clashes. The reasons run deeper than a fight over protected tribal status. At root, the conflict is about land ownership, emancipation of tribal communities and a new form of nativist, majoritarian politics.