IFP Editorials

Manifold MU crisis

There are two ways of looking at the larger problem of the Manipur University, both detrimental but legally unrelated. One is the general failure of the MU even while it was fully functioning. There are many indices for this apart from the fact that in al.....

Judicial activism awaited

Something is rotten in the state of Manipur. First, there was the unprecedented manner in which a strike by teachers and students of the Manipur University to have a mere vice chancellor removed was allowed to atrociously cause the loss of nearly three mo.....

Raw democracy

Manipur has known it all the while, but Britain too found it out the hard way not so long ago, how very dangerous a resort to democracy of the streets can get. What you often end up getting from such recourses is un-sanitised justice and not always easily.....

Devil and deep sea

The way the Manipur University crisis unfolded and how it continues to remain unresolved, especially in the wake of the atrocious raid on September 20 night at the university campus, would make anybody rethink the relevance of individual liberty upon whic.....

Ending the MU entangle

Right at the beginning of the Manipur University strike to have the vice chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey removed, we had cautioned that in the end the university may have to settle with an arrangement that Nagaland University once went through on acco.....

MU subterfuge

There is a subtle subterfuge in one of the reasons forwarded for the action against the Manipur University in the dead of the night on September 20, an argument which was also echoed by the chief minster in a lengthy appeal on radio and cable TV for retur.....

MU road ahead

So much has happened in the past three months or so since the campaign at the Manipur University began by a great section of the MU community to oust vice chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, currently under suspension pending an inquiry against him for d.....

Overkill at MU

When something becomes absolutely needed in the life of a person or community, even dodging popular norms would have a credible excusable explanation. As for instance, though killing a human is a crime, if done in self defence it is excusable under the la.....

Frying pan to fire

The Manipur University is no stranger to trouble, but today it is in a crisis unprecedented in its entire history of 38 years since its founding in 1980 as a state university. The university became a central university only in 2005. In what can only be de.....

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.....

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Former president of MSAD arrested, allegedly slapped with sedition

IMPHAL | Feb 15 Manipur Student’s Association Delhi (MSAD) advisor, Thokchom Veewon, has been allegedly arrested by a joint team of Delhi and Manipur police this evening from his rented room, in Delhi. It is learnt that, Thokchom, who was also the f.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

PMC condemns arrest of ex-president MSAD

IMPHAL | Feb 14 The president of the Pan Meetei Convention, Nabashyam Heigrujam, in a press statement condemned the arrest of the ex-president of the Manipur Stuents Association Delhi, MSAD, Thokchom VeeWon, by a team of Delhi and Manipur police withou.....

Garland of victory was placed on neck of wrong person says Gaikhangam

Former CM O. Ibobi speaks during press conference

IMPHAL | Feb 15 “The present state government took a weak stand on the issue of CAB, 2019. The BJP government has been excessively obsessed with cheap popularity and befooling the people with false and fake promises which were its strategies to win the.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Meinya warns public to remain vigilant of CAB

IMPHAL | Feb 15 “Even if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha, there might be an attempt to introduce the bill if a new party comes to power in the upcoming parliamentary elections; and so there is need for the.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

One should ride bicycles for sake of future generations: Karam Shyam

Karam Shyam speaks during the function

IMPHAL | Feb 15 Spreading the message of conserving oil such as diesel and petroleum in the future, CAF and PD minister, Karam Shyam has started riding a bicycle. He said, “one should ride bicycles not for self benefits but for the sake of future ge.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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