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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.....

To live or to exist

Is there anything as a fundamental, given, purpose of life? The answer to this question must have to be at the foundation of all philosophies and religions. Without life, no doubt the world would still exist, but there obviously would be no philosophy. A .....

Power of mourning

Another June 18 observation of the 18 men and women who died defending the idea of Manipur which they felt came under grave threat on this day 17 years ago has just passed by. Let this day be not only a reminder of the heroism ordinary men and women are c.....

Backward march

Every January 21 since 1972, Manipur celebrates its statehood day. This is a status it won after much public agitations, and the credit for this must be given to the now ailing but once powerful state political party, the Manipur People’s Party, MPP. That.....

Of floods and human ingenuity

The ability to recognise patterns is a crucial factor not only to humans but to other animals as well. Pattern recognition is a process in which we use multiple senses in order to make decisions. Even animals with less-developed thinking abilities like Ko.....

How yellow is yellow

The term yellow –not so much the colour it signifies but the meaning it carries – is very familiar in the world of journalism. Journalists are often charged of being yellow, meaning dishonest and sensationalist in nature, but today, in the wake of the Cob.....

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CM appeals to all not to call bandh or general strike during Sangai Festival

CM Biren during Meeyam gi Numit

IMPHAL | Nov 15 In view of upcoming Sangai Festival which is scheduled to begin from November 21, chief minister, N. Biren Singh has appealed to the people of the state not to call bandh or general strike in the coming days. Addressing a press confe.....

16-Nov-2018 / A Staff Reporter

NSCN-K and Government of India to talk soon

DIMAPUR | Nov 15 The Government of India has accepted the proposal of the NSCN-K led by Khango to join the peace process. This information was disclosed by Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation (NGBF) through a press release. The NGBF has been acting as the.....

‘Digital education system will be provided to govt primary schools of Andro’

Th. Shyamkumar during the felicitation and prize distribution ceremony of toppers of various schools

THOUBAL| Nov 15 MLA of Andro assembly constituency and Forest minister, Th. Shyamkumar has declared that facilities for Digital Education System will be provided to all government primary schools of the constituency, and a sum of Rs 2 crore will be ext.....

New chairperson of MSCW focuses on drafting gender policy

MSCW chairperson Meinam Binota

IMPHAL | Nov 15 Drafting a gender policy, modify customary laws and ensure secure life to down-trodden women are some of the key areas where I wanted to focus for sure during my tenure as chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW), said n.....

16-Nov-2018 / A Staff Reporter

Sangai Festival souvenir badge launched

IMPHAL | Nov 15 In order to promote tourism in Manipur to the world, Manipur Sangai Festival, 2018 souvenir badge was launched today. The badge will be presented as an appropriate gift for the foreigners to remember the state, revenue minister, Kara.....

16-Nov-2018 / A Staff Reporter

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