IFP Editorials

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.....

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.....

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