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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.....

Rape and the Rope

Although India is amongst those countries around the world which still practices capital punishment, it is rarely used. The Supreme Court, in a 1983 ruling, had stated that the death penalty should be imposed in ‘the rarest of rare cases’. Only particula.....

Harm of bad precedents

To paraphrase a very familiar line from celebrated though controversial writer and social worker Arundhati Roy, the laws of algebra is not always applicable in balancing the equation of social justice. Unlike in algebra where the sum of two negatives make.....

Reflections on the republic

India will be celebrating its 72nd Independence Day today, having given itself a constitution as the sole authoritative guideline by which the country is to be ruled. This constitution is said to be the most detailed ever, having borrowed features from pr.....

Imperfection is universal

These are bad times for Manipur. Though the danger has still not been put to rest, the state can take some solace in the fact that in the past, even after reaching the edge of hell, and everything seemed lost, the hills and valley have not actually gone t.....

Cyber crimes and cops

Manipur’s chaos has long become endemic, thanks to those who are supposed to ensure public order. The arrest of a journalist late night two days ago for his posts on Facebook, is the latest indication of this. The journalist in question posted, in surpris.....

A different approach, perhaps?

Now, we have come across a bandh calendar doing the rounds on social media platforms. What is intriguing is that despite the existence of such a calendar, some of the total shut downs and general strikes and bazaar bandhs have happened to collide with one.....

Ima-di khwang yow-re

Manipur is back to its depressing best. It myriad unresolved issues are now surfacing all at a time, threatening to throw the place back into hell, a place quite familiar to its people by now, having been there many times before. The sense of dejavu when .....

Legacies and way of life

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.....

Frightening counterfactuals

The circle has come one full round since the time trouble broke out at the Manipur University two months ago. Readers of this newspaper will recall how we have been insistent on why the strikers must have alternate plans ready in hand to resort to dependi.....

Amoebic short sight

A fascinating question posed by German philosopher Karl Popper in All Life is Problem Solving (Routledge Classic), a collection of essays by him, in the opening essay by the same name, should provide new insights into many of the problems faced in the Nor.....

Nurturing enterprise

One of the most enduring quips, some say first made by maverick American businessman of the 1970s and 1980s, Lee Iacocca, ex-president of the country’s once third largest automobile company Chrysler, and one of the most rabid critics of Japanese business .....

A seasonal crisis, to be precise

Every year the country witnesses numerous festivals from the first month of the year to the last month. Though all the festivals of India do not have equal effect in the state, there are few which are much celebrated and those few would be Yaoshang (Holi).....

Why is transparency hated

The Rights to Information Act was implemented two decades ago in the state with a bit of a fanfare, but it has also been so successfully ensured that all voices seeking transparency remain silent. The Act which has been described as the best anti-corrupti.....

Preventing tragedy

The wide unease over the National Register of Citizens exercise in Assam, and the 40 lakhs people left stateless by it, would come across as tragic but also premonitory for things to come for the entire Northeast region, Manipur included. It is uncanny th.....

MU stir direction

The agitation by the Manipur University community of students, teachers and staff, represented by the MUSU, MUTA and MUSA, has crossed the two months mark. This is by any standard of academics, priceless loss of time and may soon come to outweigh even the.....

No philosopher king

An idea of extreme relevance in today’s Manipur, but one which came to be articulated way before the Christian era, is Plato’s much discussed and debated the notion of the “Philosopher King” in his classic The Republic. Obviously Greece would have been a .....

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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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