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The blurred lines of Morality & Immorality

By Priyashree Ph We all know that Manipur is a State embroiled in political conflict from the time it became a part of the Indian sub-continent. Since then, it has been trying immeasurably to identify and separate itself, both culturally and politically from its supposed benefactor. The identity crisis of this small state has gotten to a point where its only justification for moral policing time and again is protection of Meitei Culture. Such idea of protection, when it intersects with the radar of the public spirited persons often leads to moral policing. They use every means available, be it violence or legal machinery to curb acts which
By Amar Yumnam The social media has emerged as the most convenient and speedy tool for communication across multiples of relationships and that too communicating either at individual or group levels. In this the widespread sharing of the celebration of the Ningol Chakkouba attracted queries from people from the Indian side. When the Manipuris explained the celebration in response, the Indian side invariably mentioned of a festival on their end. While the spirit of the festival may be similar in terms of re-emphasising humanity and relationships, the Manipur festival focuses on women while the other one attaches importance to men. Since, it

Waking Up At Night

By Sanjoo Thangjam Ever since the Meitei rebels started targeting the police nearly 40 years ago and later the Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, Central Reserved Police Force and the Army, there had been little activities after dusk in Manipur’s capital town of Imphal. To be on the safe side, shopkeepers willy-nilly downed their shutters before 5 pm. Cinema halls advanced their last show schedule from 7.30 pm to 4pm. All that one could see after the nightfall were security force personnel patrolling the deserted streets and at times some intrepid rebel cadres playing hide and seek with them. Manipur was declared “disturbed” at th
By Amar Yumnam Recently there appeared a news item in the local dailies of Manipur wherein we were told of the plight being faced by retired teachers while claiming pension-benefits. This is not a new thing from Manipur. Over the years, we have been hearing stories one after another of pensioners being harassed with a barrage of questions and objections by the Central Government Agency (read Office of the Accountant General) responsible for calculating the retirement benefits; there is every reason to belief the repeated stories of employees in this wing treating the retirees as nothing more than a milking cow. The underlying theme of this s

Profile of a prolific writer and gentleman

By Dr.  S. Brajeshwar Sharma and Dr. E. Vijay Lakshmi Octogenarian Elangbam Sonamani Singh who has been awarded the Jnangarima Manad Alankaran is a man of many talents. He retired as a bureaucrat, but his passion has always been writing, both fiction and nonfiction. This is a profile of this prolific writer who has to his credit more than 40 books written over a lifetime.  Elangbam Sonamani Singh was born as forth child of Elangbam Leiren Singh and Shimati Ibemhal Devi on 11th July 1929 at Moirangkhom Loklaobung Imphal, Manipur. He completed master in History from Calcutta University. He started his career as Lecturer in D.M. College Imph

Poetics of Politics

Merger Agreement as Confluence of the Past and the Present By Angomcha Bimol Akoijam Today, 15 of October, many parts in Manipur will bear a ghostly look with near empty roads and closed shops and institutions in the state. It is a fact that stands out yet normalised part of people's quotidian life in the state. Call it the poetics of politics in the absurd theatre of Manipur, it all began rather poignantly decades ago. Sitting in the backyard of the Redlands Rajbari Residence, as Shri M. Anandamohan and Shri S. Gaurahari looked at the crimson skyline of Shillong, they could poignantly sense the uncanny confluence of the tidings of an impen
By Anil Bhat The Trade Game: Engaging With Central Asia (Pentagon Press), Author: Amiya Chandra The Great Game — also known as Bolshaya Igra — was all about  intense rivalry between the British and Russian Empires in Central Asia (from early 19th century to early 20th century), wherein Britain sought to influence or control much of Central Asia to create a buffer to her empire’s "crown jewel", India. Declassified British Archives in fact clearly reveal why the Brits partitioned India to create Pakistan (Unravelling the Kashmir Knot, by Aman Hingorani-Sage)- to extend the great barrier for Russia and to create  a long-term loyal pup
By Amar Yumnam Looking at the evolving social dynamics of Manipur (by the way, Manipur has always shown a social dynamics unique to herself despite the continual interaction with exogenous cultural, economic and political forces), I felt rereading the classic of Ricardo Haussmann and his team on The Atlas of Economic Complexity: Mapping Paths to Prosperity. The social thinking of the world was immediately impacted by the publication of this study five years back. The core argument of this study is the differential emergence into complexity of different societies and ultimately the differential welfare achievement:   ”Over the past two
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