IFP Editorials

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 .....

Legitimizing wealth

Who says corruption, both in the official as well as in the unofficial worlds, has ended in Manipur. Leave aside the tame government effort at eliminating corruption through its anti-corruption cell headed by some mid-level government officials, but this .....

Sent from my Can the state afford it ?

The 59 days old impasse in Manipur over the removal of Manipur University Vice Chancellor Adhya Prasad Pandey has once again brought in more questions on the standard of democracy being imposed in the troubled state of Manipur. Incidentally, this is the o.....

Survival question

Maybe we are being alarmists when we say taking cognizance of the dangers posed by the shifting pattern of rainfall we are witnessing is a survival question, but then, there is every indication it is now time to be alarmed. It has been a few years in succ.....

Education as hope

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.....

Diminishing Assembly

The Monsoon Session of the Manipur Assembly lasted just four days. Except for the budget session, which by the compulsions of the number of bills to be passed, and departmental budgetary allocations to be made, is reasonably extended, all other sessions o.....

Traditional boundary

Is the Westphalian model of the state the only one there is for the modern world to acknowledge and accept as irrefutable and inviolable? For the moment it does seem there is no other real alternative to this treaty bound understanding of the state as wha.....

Thoughts on MU strategies

In the ongoing agitation in the Manipur University is once again evident a character trait of the state and its many communities which has shown up many times with almost clockwork regularity. This is about a single mindedness of intent and purpose, which.....

Foggy strategy against drugs

Manipur is presently shrouded in an atmosphere of chaos and conflict including the imbroglio at Manipur University, the Border Pillar issue and the Framework Agreement amongst many others. It is not that this kind of situation is considered as a strange p.....

MU and the colleges

It is unfortunate that so many of Manipur’s endemic problems have come to confluence at a single point today. Since these problems were festering with no solution in sight for a long time, it is only a matter of coincidence that they all have surfaced at .....

Structural apartheid

The continued strike by sections of the government employees to press their demand for a raise in their salaries at a par with the raise in the Central government employees’ salaries as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission for Central Government Employee.....

Which exit door for VC

Even in the event of the slimmest chance of the Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, being exonerated by an official enquiry committee, the besieged VC would be realising that he has lost all moral authority to continue to be t.....

Necessity and law

They say necessity knows no law, not even moral ones. Nonetheless, there must have to be a limit to acceptability of action even done in desperation. Some years ago it was the spate of protest self-immolation in public by scores of Tibetans to tell their .....

Education doldrums

The exodus of students from the state for school education has somewhat been checked, but unfortunately not for post school higher education. By a conservative estimate, there are supposed to be at least 40,000 students, both school and college going, who.....

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