Bless the pony gods!! Puja at the newly opened pony preserve. #pony #polo #horse #imphal #manipur #india #puja #religion #igasia #igindia
Early evening pork shopping, keishampat, Imphal, Manipur. #india #manipur #imphal #pork #pig #sunset #smoking #igasia #southeastasia #igindia #igmanipur
Apparently the place with the highest rate of rainfall in the world is near by, coal country, Meghalaya. #india #meghalaya #igasia #igindia #southeastasia #everydayasia
Harvest Festival, Manipur, India
Outtake from Trans Queen North East Contest in Manipur, India. http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/12/18/photos-indias-transgender-queen-contest/#slide/1
A rider from the Manipur polo team, practices ahead of the 7th Annual International Polo Tournament in Imphal, Manipur on the world oldest living polo ground November 20, 2013. The tournament will be held between November 23rd and November 28th. Manipur is the birth place of polo.
On November 4th, 2013, Irom Chanu Sharmila entered the 14th year of her hunger strike against the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act. This is a repost of my on going project on Sharmila and the movement that surrounds her.
Draped in a white shawl, Irom Chanu Sharmila sat on the edge of a hard wooden bench inside a Delhi courtroom, slowly uncoiling a strand of hair from the feeding tube secured in her left nostril. Her life had changed forever on November 2, 2000, when members of an Indian paramilitary group, the Assam Rifles, gunned down 10 innocent civilians at a bus stop in her home state of Manipur. Sharmila, then a young activist and poet, decided to undertake a fast against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), which has granted Indian security forces over fifty years of impunity to kill, confiscate, and arrest without warrant in Manipur. Her campaign, now the longest hunger strike in history, has seen negligible results.
For 12 straight years, Sharmila has been charged with attempted suicide, giving the government the legal justification to hold and force-feed her. On March 4th, 2013, she was escorted into a Delhi courtroom to finally begin her trial. Now 40 years-old, Sharmila has aspirations for a life that isn’t defined by protest, a life of family and friends (though she has given up her dream of having children). However, there are only two options that will lead to the end of her fast. Either the government repeals AFSPA, which seems unlikely in the near future; or on March 22, 2013, when she is set to appear in court again, she is declared not-guilty, thus allowing her to carry out her fast to its ultimate end.
-Text and photos by Reportage Emerging Talent photographer Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist
I’ve been documenting the process of harvesting rice in Imphal, Manipur one of the ‘Seven Sister’ states of the North East states of India, as part of my developing body of work on food security. Manipur until recently had always boasted a surplus of food making it a desired land for conquest throughout history, from Burmese kings to the over stretched and beleaguered Japanese army during WWII, where they ultimately were driven back, unable to resupply their overextended forces. Manipur is also home to one of the earliest and smallest civilizations, with a written script, their own numerological, mathematic and astrological systems as early as 33 B.C. when much of the world was still passing down oral histories. It’s rugged terrain along with its abundance of food are often credited for the development of such an advanced society.