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India - Manipur - Imphal - The women’s political activism continues to this day. On a sunny winter morning, a group of politi-cians about to leave for Delhi for a meeting with the central government pass by the market to take the mothers’ blessings. The Ima Keithel comes to a standstill, as all the vendors close their stalls and sit along the main entrance to listen to their representatives. At the end of the speech, the politicians prostrate themselves to the ground, while the mothers rise, their fists pumped in the air, shouting their approval to the delegation. “We are taking the spirit from our mothers, because every mo-vement starts from the Ima Keithel”, screams a politician amid the mothers’ cries of joy and defian-ce, before moving the airport.