Degree Name

MA in Conflict Transformation

First Advisor

John Ungerleider


This research was designed to determine if there is common ground for a dialogue or other nonviolent action to restore human rights and repeal martial law in Manipur. It includes a review of various texts on the subjects of inter-state and intra-state conflicts, polarization by dominant societies, identity theory, cultural spectrum theory, ethnic diversity, and conflict transformation.

The structured interview method was used to obtain answers to a series of questions about the ongoing violent conflict in Manipur from various stakeholders, academics, civil society representatives, grassroots individuals, and journalists in Manipur and surrounding areas. The interviews took place between June 2009 and May 2010. Five key questions were chosen for detailed review.

There was universal agreement that the current situation is intolerable. Considerable support was found for engaging in a new dialogue or negotiations, possibly with third party intervention, to change the status quo of violent conflict in Manipur. Most respondents agreed that the Government of India would need to take steps to improve trust in the region before any meaningful dialogue could begin.

Recommendations are made for the Government of India to take steps to advance human rights, build trust, and bring justice to Manipur. Additional recommendations are made for the Meitei people and the Government of India to accentuate common ground, overcome stereotyped ideas, and begin a journey of forgiveness.


Civic and Community Engagement | Community Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Ethnic Studies | Inequality and Stratification | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Peace and Conflict Studies | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Race and Ethnicity | Social Psychology and Interaction | Social Welfare


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