Editorials

Is consumerism progressive?

For a marginalised section of a larger society, it should be considered the right move to ride along the wave of globalisation and embrace the brave new world. If the inevitable changes are shielded off, it would definitely result in stagnancy which may v.....

Hailing peacemakers

It seems only yesterday. If we were to take a deep breath and reflect on the situation in the state exactly a year ago, it would seem almost unreal. About this time two years ago, the state was in a state of unprecedented turmoil, with different forces sh.....

Past as prison

There is a tendency in Manipur of things to always return to square one. The avenue for a way out of this depressing stagnancy eludes the imagination of one and all, including our leaders, intellectuals and the numerous NGOs in the field of social works. .....

Manipur’s gender story

December 11 is Nupi Lal Day, Manipur’s moment for celebrating its own story of gender power. By coincidence, the previous month of November serves as a worthy herald of this day, its calendar marked by many milestones in the state’s recent history. If not.....

Human rights and wrongs

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It is quite a telling irony that just a week ago, the Manipur cabinet welcomed the extension of the Disturbed Area Act, and by that virtue, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as well. Even more confounding i.....

Bad foundation danger

Legacies shape life and therefore creating legacies is a serious enterprise especially in the public sphere. This truism is no better illustrated than in an article in a London journal some time ago on how bureaucracies live on forever and that a preceden.....

Mr Cheap Minister

As quite evidently, the state government and the chief minister is drawing in a lot of flak from different organizations and imminent citizens for his big goof up in locking up Kishorchand Wangkhem without any valid reason. This would be the first time th.....

Nation notion

An interesting theory of the evolution of the nation, but one that has disappointingly failed to be backed up by events on the ground, may yet prove to be a sumptuous food for thought amidst the present day turmoil the post colonial world is witnessing. W.....

Enigma of fate

They say truth triumphs. But how can anybody be so sure. After all, one gets to know of only those truths that have actually triumphed and not of those that failed to make a mark, and who knows there may have been plenty of these in human history – as a t.....

Weak link in education chain

A chain is as strong as its weakest link. The strongest chain therefore will break at its weakest link when exposed to tension. In the educational chain starting from the lower primary school, or in popular parlance, the nursery school, to the specialize .....

Education as empowerment

One of the great things that modern democracy did has been to break the knowledge monopoly that the ruling elites zealously guarded through the ages. This theses is argued with power, clarity and conviction in a well-researched, sadly not published paper,.....

Sedition woes

The arrest of local TV journalist Wangkhemcha Kishorechandra for the third time in three months for criticising the government on social media is simply atrocious. The last two arrests of the man in very close proximity of each other and for the same offe.....

Critically bombastic

From the spoken words or assurances to the main results, everything has to be precise enough so that the governance is not disturbed to go on smoothly. However, things are getting pretty ugly more often and the public are left with no option to raise any .....

Disciplining Imphal traffic

If the law and order problem resulting out of insurgency is not something which can be resolved easily or quickly, there are so many others which given adequate government attention and commitment can be smoothened out without much problem. Among these is.....

Intent and meaning

Understandably, many postcolonial nations are uneasy, if not apprehensive of the idea of federalism. Nonetheless, it is also a fact that given the diversity of their demography and geography, when they freed themselves from the yoke of colonialism, they w.....

Ecology concerns

Manipur’s distinctive geographical feature marked by a surprisingly flat central valley with a large fresh water lake and surrounded by hill ranges running roughly north to south is identifiable from pretty high up in space. Well, none of us can claim to .....

Tackling the web

The manner the internet world has expanded in the last one decade or so both in scope as well as depth has been nothing less than phenomenal. It has indeed been a revolution and one which is beginning to shatter a past era like all revolutions do, to buil.....

The public intellectual

The list of 100 top “public intellectuals” of the world that the influential American journal “Foreign Policy” selects and publishes each year has been a matter of some very interesting debates. The question is, who exactly is an intellectual? And equally.....

The thin red line between Fact and Fiction

Truth maybe stranger than fiction; but when the real world starts to resemble the features a novel especially a dystopian one, it is an alarm, a wake-up call for the people. A majority of the population might not agree that such a dystopia, say from Marga.....

Crime and punishment

It is quite a coincidence two recent developments have brought to the fore once again the problematic definition as well as the application of the notion of human rights. One of these events was the stripping of the Amnesty International’s prestigious Amb.....

Get tourism USP right

Manipur always goes to the extreme. The passion so abundant in the place is admirable but it can often also be ridiculously misplaced. Take for instance the dream that has been worked up about making the state a tourist paradise. Many now have been led to.....

Sangai and Hornbill

The annual Sangai Festival of Manipur is here again. The festival will conclude on the last day of November and on the very next day, the Hornbill Festival of neighbouring Nagaland will begin. It is curious that the two festivals dovetail each other, prob.....

Limits of Freedom

What is happening in Manipur today once again has underscored why rule of law is important, and even if any section of the public is unhappy with any law, it does not help to resort to lawlessness. It is precisely this understanding which makes democracy .....

Majority minority complexes

Events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are, to say the least, have been tragic. Bengali speaking Muslim Rohingya population there who share a homeland with the Rakhine Buddhists were hounded out of the country by their Buddhist neighbours and the Myanmar Army .....

A reminiscence of the glorious past

A fortnight ago, the UN observed ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ on November 2 commemorating the death of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, two French journalists who were killed during their duties in the year 2013. T.....

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One year jail term for Kishorchandra under NSA

IMPHAL | Dec 14 The Advisory Board on National Security Act (NSA) has approved the detention of former ISTV staff, Keshorchandra Wangkhem, under the act for the period of 12 months. According to an order issued by the deputy secretary (Home) Dr. Th......

15-Dec-2018 / A Staff Reporter

HC dismisses PIL against ‘meeyamgi numit’, ‘Hills People’s Day’ programmes

IMPHAL | Dec 14 The High Court of Manipur has dismissed a PIL filed against the Government seeking directive for disclosure of the source, scope and nature of the interaction programme namely ‘Hill People’s Day’ and ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ (People’s Day), ter.....

15-Dec-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Jonathan was given capital punishment claims KRA

KANGPOKPI| Dec 14 The Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) claimed hand over the killing of Hemkhothang Misao alias Th. Misao at Saikul Hill Town yesterday afternoon at around 4:30 pm whose dead body was brought back to Saikul this evening after conducting po.....

Woman sympathiser of ZUF apprehended, ammunitions recovered

Woman sympathiser of ZUF apprehended, ammunitions recovered

IMPHAL | Dec 14 A combined team of Manipur Police along with Assam Rifles apprehended a woman sympathiser of UG group, ZUF, and recovered a huge consignment of ammunitions and grenades, said a release by PRO of IGAR (South). It stated that the woman.....

Barak Festival concludes

Jayanta speaks during the closing day of Barak Fest

IMPHAL| Dec 14 “It is of importance and a necessity to spread awareness of the priceless culture and traditions of the state,” said minister of Arts and Culture, Kh. Jayantakumar, in his address as chief guest, at the concluding ceremony of the Barak f.....

15-Dec-2018 / A Staff Reporter

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