IFP Editorials

Is CM in the company of Brutus

It must not be easy task to run a state and at the same time project a strong image to the public about the government. Further, even more of a tougher job trying to hold together a coalition government. There would be others also with the same BJP fold t.....

Transforming conflict

Government of Manipur’s peace initiative more than two and half decade ago styled as surrender policy, obviously has not delivered and this should be a lesson that transforming conflict to a condition of peace is not simple. As had been widely reported an.....

How free is free choice?

How free is free choice? This has been one of those questions which is simple sounding but one which has trouble many of the most brilliant minds through the ages, and indeed has been one of the preoccupation of most religions. Perhaps this has to do with.....

Caring for the child

The IFP must also plead guilty. In all of the two decades and more that it has been in the media business, we could not have dedicated more than 20 editorials on the welfare of children. There are others who would have probably done much less. The media’s.....

Students exodus

By a very conservative estimate, there are supposed to be at least 40,000 students, both school and college going, who have left the state to study outside in other universities in India. There would also be another 400 or so students pursuing medical and.....

Relocating rights debate

It is time for the human rights debate in Manipur, where the endless string of mayhem for the past many decades has disoriented the people of the finer points of rights and entitlements, is given a fresh approach. The clash between draconian laws and brut.....

World is not yours

While some quarters of the state have expressed ‘Deep shock and anguish’ upon the arrest of chairman of Autonomous District Council (ADC), Chandel, Lutkhosei Zou along with large quantities of heroin powder and world is yours (WY) tablets worth Rs. 27 cro.....

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 .....

MU in ugly entangle

The Manipur University is in an unhappy bind currently with no signs of an immediate resolution to a serious conflict within. For whatever his reason, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Adya Prasad Pandey, allowed the crisis to boil over. As with most.....

To live or to exist

Is there anything as a fundamental, given, purpose of life? The answer to this question must have to be at the foundation of all philosophies and religions. Without life, no doubt the world would still exist, but there obviously would be no philosophy. A .....

Power of mourning

Another June 18 observation of the 18 men and women who died defending the idea of Manipur which they felt came under grave threat on this day 17 years ago has just passed by. Let this day be not only a reminder of the heroism ordinary men and women are c.....

Backward march

Every January 21 since 1972, Manipur celebrates its statehood day. This is a status it won after much public agitations, and the credit for this must be given to the now ailing but once powerful state political party, the Manipur People’s Party, MPP. That.....

Of floods and human ingenuity

The ability to recognise patterns is a crucial factor not only to humans but to other animals as well. Pattern recognition is a process in which we use multiple senses in order to make decisions. Even animals with less-developed thinking abilities like Ko.....

How yellow is yellow

The term yellow –not so much the colour it signifies but the meaning it carries – is very familiar in the world of journalism. Journalists are often charged of being yellow, meaning dishonest and sensationalist in nature, but today, in the wake of the Cob.....

Hope is key

Poverty can be extremely depressing. It can dehumanize, depriving self-esteem as well as human dignity from those caught in its trap. If not for the support of the joint family institution, still very much a tradition in the Manipur, the number of absolut.....

Free for all or freedom

The issue of globalization cannot but be tackled at two different planes. At the one level it is about an inevitable process of the world shrinking, chiefly because of quantum leaps in communication, both physical as well as in terms of information techno.....

CM and Facebook

This time, the cyber attack happened to me. As the world witnessed myriad form of warfare in which man came to face each other in duels to the death, from the gladiators in the areas of sand to pistols at ten paces, modern warfare continue to grow in diff.....

Self-interrogation needed

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.....

MU in trouble

It is unfortunate that the Manipur University is again deep in crisis with the Manipur University Students Union, MUSU, demanding the ouster of the university’s Vice Chancellor, Aditya Prashad Pandey. As somebody who does not belong to the MU community, w.....

Needs and greed

Today, June 5 was observed the world over as Environment Day. Manipur too followed suit, and images of officials planting trees flooded newsrooms everywhere. It was also one of those few days in a year that government schools and colleges became alive, an.....

Development problems

An informed discourse on what “development” should consist of seems to be what is most essential in the state today. Unfortunately, such a discourse precisely is what has been in extremely low decibel for all this while. In its place are impassioned yells.....

Rational identity

Manipur is not new to the notion of ethnic clash. By that virtue, it would not be difficult for anybody who follows conflict issues here to appreciate the arguments in Samuel P Huntington’s influential “Clash of Civilisations and the Remaking of the World.....

Killing the best customers

One of the prominent habits of today’s working class youths is to light up a cigarette and head for the loo as soon as they wake up. The first thing they inhale in morning is nicotine-filled air inside the four walls of bathroom. After shower, they usuall.....

The third gender

The story of men trapped in the body of women or else women trapped in the body of men, has been one of the least understood or empathized, although the phenomenon needs no proof, as it is right there before us all. Amongst the Meiteis, which is more open.....

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 .....

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CM hands over rescued Nepalese nationals to Nepali Embassy

CM hands over rescued Nepalese nationals to Nepali Embassy

‘We were brought with promises of getting jobs abroad’ IMPHAL | Feb 17 A total of 179 rescued victims of human trafficking, who have been identified as Nepalese nationals, have left Manipur today. Chief minister, N. Biren handed them over to offici.....

18-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Jugindro expelled from MPP, Apabi appointed as new president

MPP newly apointed president, Laikhuram Apabi Singh briefing to media

IMPHAL | Feb 17 Manipur People’s Party president, Oinam Jugindro was expelled from the ordinary post of the party today and party central committee appointed Laikhuram Apabi Singh as the new president. During a press conference held today at Manipur.....

18-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Ethnic communities need unity to bring a peaceful Manipur: Adim

Adim Pamei speaks during the function

IMPHAL | Feb 17 “Ethnic communities have different forms of culture and traditions but there is a need to bring the thought of oneness among them to bring a peaceful society.” Vice chairperson of Manipur State Disaster Management Authority (MSDMA), .....

18-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

EEVFAM seeks initiation of criminal proceeding

IMPHAL | Feb 17 Extrajudicial Execution Victims’ Families Association Manipur (EEVFAM) along with Athokpam Tampha, wife of victim Athokpam Angousana Meitei, filed a case before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal yesterday seeking initiation of crim.....

STDCM set to organise mass rally on March 3

Members of STDCM during press conference

IMPHAL | Feb 17 Condemning the state government for delaying the demand of inclusion of Meetei or Meitei in Schedule Tribe list, Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) is all set for a mass rally on March 3. In today’s press conference hel.....

18-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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