Women and cultural identity in Manipur in conflict era
Dr. Lucy Jajo Shimray
The state of Manipur is a land of cultural ethnicity and diverse religion, caste and creed etc. However, since time immemorial ever since the annexation of kingly Manipur state by the Indian government under the Indian Union, women has been playing an active role in any sphere of social, political and economic spheres. There are around 34 recognised ethnic tribes speaking different ethnic languages following different cultures and traditions along with the major group of Meetei community and Meetei Muslims and some other races. This paper highlights how women have braved the storm and struggles in an era of continuing conflicts. The courage of women in Manipur has tremendous effects on the forefront of any political, social or economic crisis and conflicts having lasting impact in building peace and prosperity.