The Manipur government has partially shut down the internet, causing a lack of information and communication among the state’s residents. While broadband services are still available, mobile data internet services have been suspended, affecting both authorities and the public.
This internet ban has had a wide impact in the state, making it difficult for people to access important online services. However, the Kuki tribe in the hills of Manipur has come up with a clever solution to overcome these communication restrictions and connect with their community.
Volunteers from the Kuki tribe have taken the initiative to produce their own newspaper, which serves as a way to share important messages within their community. They have set up information centers in Kangpokpi town, where they print copies of their newspaper to meet the community’s needs.
Haopu, the assistant editor of the newspaper, has shown great dedication by using materials that are easily accessible and gathering information from various sources. They produce and distribute 1000 copies of the newspaper every day, ensuring that people have access to news. The newspaper is called “Zalen Awgin,” which means “the revolution’s voice,” and it provides updates on protests, conflicts, and strategies formulated by the Kuki apex leadership during this challenging time.
Monnem, a committed distributor, plays a crucial role in making sure that the community newspaper reaches every part of the town. Despite limited internet access, they gather national news and political updates, which is especially beneficial for Kuki tribe students who want to stay informed about important events.