IFP Editorials

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.....

For the joy of writing

It has been noticed in the last few years that the numbers of book lovers visiting book fairs in the state have significantly dropped. On the other hand, comic books have disappeared from popular stores in Imphal like comic houses, PC Jain etc. While the .....

More universities

As the Manipur University continues to sink deeper into a crisis, worrying thoughts would now be beginning to haunt the entire state. The question is, what if this confrontation does not lift and the stalemate continues. Indications already are, even coll.....

Manipur’s melancholia

A society can be judged by what it celebrates and equally by what it mourns. From this standpoint, Manipur, the Meiteis in particular, seem to have chosen to forget those events of the past worth celebrating. Other than the many religious festivities, whe.....

Democracy’s leaders

The idea of democracy as a lived experience always has new challenges for everybody. The fact that different people understand it differently, sometimes radically so, is itself proof of its volatility as well as richness. It is also well known that democr.....

Foregoing plastic

The Manipur government’s recent decision to ban plastic bags is welcome. It will involve a great deal of sacrifice on the part of shoppers and shopkeepers, for indeed, plastic bags which are now dirt cheap, come free from shopkeepers and vendors as bonuse.....

Blind men and the elephant

The current controversy and anxiety over the claim that the Border Pillar No. 81 marking the international boundary between India and Myanmar at KwathaKhunou sector in Manipur is unfortunate and must be investigated and settled at the soonest. A Deputy Co.....

Rumour and reckless media

Strange or uncanny story is always interesting to hear. The kind of story captures people’s minds in such a way that they tend to forward the story in a very dramatic way. Eventually, the drama is on fire and the story loses its own beginning, which somet.....

MU crisis gets deeper

The crisis in the Manipur University is only getting deeper and more complex. One month after the Manipur University Students Union, MUSU, began a strike for the removal of the Vice Chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey, nothing seems to have moved from where th.....

RIP enlightened self-interest

People in their middle age or even younger will remember one widely practiced social behaviour amongst their parents and grandparents which they no longer ever see today. Once upon those good old days, it was an early morning routine for many elders to sw.....

Wolf and lamb

At its crux, there are only two known ways of resolving a conflict of interests. One is to crush the weaker of the two with brute force and the other to reach a democratic consensus. The civilized norm of the modern world being the latter option, the need.....

Data bank vital

For long so many, including the IFP have been advocating the need for the government to evolve a comprehensive database, and based on these periodic whitepapers, on the employment structure as well as community wise constituent percentage in the governmen.....

When the state recedes

People are expected not to expect certain legitimate expectations from their government in an election year in a democracy that is less than mature. But in their places, they can expect cosmetic policies in galore until as long as the election year lasts......

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.....

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CJM Imphal sends six teachers and seven students of MU to jail : Pro VC told police that agitators made life attempt on him

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : The chief judicial magistrate, Imphal West yesterday has remanded six teachers and seven students of Manipur University to judicial custody for 15 days and two students to police custody for five days. All the six teachers and nine stu.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Public lambast Biren’s government on banning Internet

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : There have been widespread negative reactions from the public regarding the mobile internet ban imposed by Biren’s government. In a poll taken by IFP, there is absolutely no feedback saying that banning the internet over the MU issue is.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

‘Pandey does not have power to appoint pro VC during his force leave’

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : “As per the leave rule of the government of India, a person who is in force leave cannot exercise the power of his service. So appointing a pro vice-chancellor by A.P. Pandey during his leave for enquiry is null and void,” said former v.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Shiv Sena appeals for amicable solutions

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : The current turmoil and impasse of the aftermath incident of the midnight raid that took place inside the Manipur University campus was unprecedented, and it has rocked the state and brought total shut down of the student community, dis.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Stop terrorising MU campus and state: YFPHR

IMPHAL | Sept 22 : Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) has expressed strong opposition to the move of the state and central governments that terrorised Manipur University (MU) in the name of bringing normalcy at the varsity campus after a.....

23-Sep-2018 / A Staff Reporter

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