IFP Editorials

Unity against diversity

Manipur is a train wreck waiting to happen on the way to nowhere as is clearly evident from the many issues plaguing the state and the inability of the government to address them properly. From the way the present state mechanism seems to be functioning, .....

Shrinking playfields

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. But no work and no play would probably make Jack a lumpen. Once upon a time the local playfields everywhere in the state, but especially in the valley area, were teeming with life and activities after school and .....

Removing a stigma

Much water has flowed down the Imphal river since the brutal Tharoijam lynching on September 13. Farooq Khan, the 26 year old who ended up killed on suspicion of stealing a two wheeler will never come back, therefore whatever the verdict on the tragedy it.....

The extra blows

The horrific crime of a young Meitei Pangal man suspected of having stolen a scooter from Tharoijam village in the Lamshang Assembly constituency being publicly clubbed to death in the early hours of Thursday, September 13, expectedly drew wide public out.....

On hate breeding and unity

It is said that nothing brings people together more than a mutual hatred for a common enemy. It is also a proven fact that nothing brings two people faster than the hatred for a third person. The results of a long termed, systematic hate breeding can make.....

NE black hole myth

If the Northeast was a barren, uninhabited desert, any small amount spent to develop civic infrastructure here would probably have been justifiably called redundant and a waste. The script, we all know is a lot different. The Northeast is peopled, and it .....

Parvish mystery deepens

One year later, the case of Parvish Chanam, the 22-year-old engineering student who disappeared under mysterious and suspicious circumstances last year on September 8 night at Noida in the National Capital Region, NCR, where he had gone to watch a rock co.....

Revitalizing Education

A speech by Mark Twain in 1900 opposing a move in certain quarters of the American government to close down some public schools (public schools in the American context are government run schools catering to the poorer sections of the society) which the go.....

Identity as choice

The intriguing nature of identity continues to fascinate scholars and politicians alike even to this day. Endless reams of newsprint spent on the subject as well as endless series of scholarships on it haven’t been able to bring about a conclusive answer .....

Intercourse of nature and commerce

For an economically backward country or state, ‘development’ sits in the first bench of priority. No matter what the situation may be, people seek for advancement in their lives with maximum facilities in terms of everything. However, the real deal is the.....

Apprenticeship as education

This thought comes to mind on the morrow of Teachers Day celebration in India, though internationally this is observed on November 24. There is a well-known unwritten rule about rules. It simply says, know the rules well enough to creatively break it. It .....

Federalism relooked

The crises at the Manipur University and now the National Institute of Technology, unfortunate as they may be, bring to mind some thoughts on the desirable extents and limits of federal structures of these institutions. This is especially so because these.....

Changing paradigms

The powerful image of India as a wounded civilisation sketched by West Indian writer of Indian origin, Sir Vidia S Naipaul, comes to mind in reflecting on Manipur today – of course minus the Islam hatred evident in the Nobel laureate’s accounts. What is i.....

MU back in uncertainty

The Manipur University is on the verge of a crisis again. The controversial vice chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey for whose dismissal the Manipur University Students Union, MUSU, the Manipur University Teachers’ Association, MUTA, and the Manipur University.....

Is the state BJP being Dictatorial ?

People talk about many things and in the process blaming something or someone comes naturally. When people talk about issues happening here, one can always blame the government. Several political parties have taken the helm of affairs and they have had t.....

Liberty challenged

American dissident and whistleblower, former CIA employee and now a fugitive asylum seeker in Russia, Edward Snowden very simply but lucidly defined liberty in a recent deliberation. He said when people are afraid of its government, that is tyranny, and c.....

Knowledge or technology

The digital age has brought the world together under one roof more than any other phenomenon in history. Whether this is good or bad is another debate altogether, but the inescapable reality is, there is no other way to move forward than to accept its ine.....

RIP regional politics

In a state which is marked by a strong resistance to mainstreaming, manifested in aggressive assertions of identities perceived as distinct from what is projected as mainstream, Manipur today is remarkable by a near total lack of a strong regional party. .....

Self questioning as truth hunt

Courage very often is about the ability to admit guilt. Quite the opposite of this would be the habit of shifting blame and responsibility for failures to others. It is rather unfortunate, but the characteristic feature of our political leadership in mode.....

Crisis of faith

“Democracy is the worst system if not for the others”. These words by Winston Churchill continue to haunt every time elections are held under the multiparty system, the model of democracy India has adopted. For instance, all of us know, despite many profe.....

Monitoring the monitors

This is not a new debate, but one which never ceases to be relevant. What happens when the vanguards of democracy begins reducing democracy to a private party? There has been for instance so much talk about judicial activism with the judiciary proactively.....

Why civic citizenship

In multi-ethnic, multi-religion Manipur, nobody will doubt why the need to have citizenship and their administration defined and characterised on civic terms is vital. As in the history of the emergence of the notion of secularism, which in the ultimate a.....

Human hand miracle

About 3.2 million years ago, human ancestors began walking on two legs. This is an old story that was pieced together after the discovery of the skeletal remains of a female Australopithecus in Ethiopia in 1974 by a team of scientists. These scientists we.....

Making discourses work

Obviously discourses do not work in Manipur, which is probably why its conflict scenarios never ever change. True discourses also cannot possibly happen, for what people generally do in the name of discourses is to state their positions and stick to them......

Kitsch art and violence

It is a welcome development that dead bodies, especially horribly defaced victims of violence, have slowly but surely disappeared from the front pages of local dailies. Once upon a time, it was almost rule of the thumb for the media here to grade newswort.....

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CJM Imphal sends six teachers and seven students of MU to jail : Pro VC told police that agitators made life attempt on him

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : The chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West yesterday has remanded six teachers and seven students of Manipur University to judicial custody for 15 days and two students to police custody for five days. All the six teachers and nine stu.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Public lambast Biren’s government on banning Internet

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : There have been widespread negative reactions from the public regarding the mobile internet ban imposed by Biren’s government. In a poll taken by IFP, there is absolutely no feedback saying that banning the internet over the MU issue is.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

‘Pandey does not have power to appoint pro VC during his force leave’

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : “As per the leave rule of the government of India, a person who is in force leave cannot exercise the power of his service. So appointing a pro vice-chancellor by A.P. Pandey during his leave for enquiry is null and void,” said former v.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Shiv Sena appeals for amicable solutions

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : The current turmoil and impasse of the aftermath incident of the midnight raid that took place inside the Manipur University campus was unprecedented, and it has rocked the state and brought total shut down of the student community, dis.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Stop terrorising MU campus and state: YFPHR

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has expressed strong opposition to the move of the state and central governments that terrorised Manipur University (MU) in the name of bringing normalcy at the varsity campus after a.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

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