IFP Editorials

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 .....

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.....

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Change of guard likely in BJP-led state govt says insider source

IMPHAL | Jun 17 Even as Education minister Radheshyam underplayed the leadership crisis within BJP as a mere ‘family matter’, there are indications of a possible change of guard anytime before August this year, most probably after July 26. According.....

18-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

CM meets union minister of environment

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh meets Union Minister Prakash Javedkar

IMPHAL | Jun 17 The chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh met with the union minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javedkar today and apprised him of the various activities being taken up by the state government for conserva.....

‘NE indigenes will determine own future if CAB is legislated’

MANPAC convenor, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar speaks to media persons

IMPHAL | Jun 17 Expressing apprehension over the probable reintroduction of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill tomorrow during the monsoon session of 17th Lok Sabha, Manipur People against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC) today reaffirme.....

18-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Shops, residence gutted by fire

Shops, residence gutted in fire at Phoubakchao Phou-oibi Keithel

THOUBAL| Jun 17 A fire which occurred around 9:40 pm of last night at Phoubakchao Phou-oibi Keithel totally set ablaze seven shops and a residence destroying properties worth around several lakh rupees. Phoubakchao Phou-oibi Keithel lies under Mayang I.....

Special trail of infamous BT road firing incident begins

IMPHAL | Jun 17 Session Judge, Imphal West started the special trail for the case of infamous BT road fake encounter which occurred on July 23, 2009 and fixed the next prosecution witness hearing on July 15. It was transferred by High Court of Manip.....

18-Jun-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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