IFP Editorials

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.....

Hope is key

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.....

Free for all or freedom

The issue of globalization cannot but be tackled at two different planes. At the one level it is about an inevitable process of the world shrinking, chiefly because of quantum leaps in communication, both physical as well as in terms of information techno.....

CM and Facebook

This time, the cyber attack happened to me. As the world witnessed myriad form of warfare in which man came to face each other in duels to the death, from the gladiators in the areas of sand to pistols at ten paces, modern warfare continue to grow in diff.....

Self-interrogation needed

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.....

MU in trouble

It is unfortunate that the Manipur University is again deep in crisis with the Manipur University Students Union, MUSU, demanding the ouster of the university’s Vice Chancellor, Aditya Prashad Pandey. As somebody who does not belong to the MU community, w.....

Needs and greed

Today, June 5 was observed the world over as Environment Day. Manipur too followed suit, and images of officials planting trees flooded newsrooms everywhere. It was also one of those few days in a year that government schools and colleges became alive, an.....

Development problems

An informed discourse on what “development” should consist of seems to be what is most essential in the state today. Unfortunately, such a discourse precisely is what has been in extremely low decibel for all this while. In its place are impassioned yells.....

Rational identity

Manipur is not new to the notion of ethnic clash. By that virtue, it would not be difficult for anybody who follows conflict issues here to appreciate the arguments in Samuel P Huntington’s influential “Clash of Civilisations and the Remaking of the World.....

Killing the best customers

One of the prominent habits of today’s working class youths is to light up a cigarette and head for the loo as soon as they wake up. The first thing they inhale in morning is nicotine-filled air inside the four walls of bathroom. After shower, they usuall.....

The third gender

The story of men trapped in the body of women or else women trapped in the body of men, has been one of the least understood or empathized, although the phenomenon needs no proof, as it is right there before us all. Amongst the Meiteis, which is more open.....

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 .....

How valour dies

Manipur today is ceasing to live. On an incremental basis, it is simply learning to be content with merely existing. Much like the state of the post-World War II German army as described in an article in the International Herald Tribune, the international.....

Education’s long chain

A chain is as strong as its weakest link. The strongest chain therefore will break at its weakest link when exposed to tension. In the educational chain starting from the lower primary school, or in popular parlance, the nursery school, to the specialize .....

Two cheers again

The results of the High School Leaving Certificate Examination (Class 10) conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur, BOSEM, as well as the results of the Higher Secondary Examination (Class 12) conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Educ.....

Of Monkeys and Keyboards

Over the last few years, there has been an exponential increase of data consumption through internet with the increase of users who are given fast and easy accessibility to the World Wide Web under a market of service providers competing against one anoth.....

War by other means

The debate over who or what should constitute the rather ethereal notion of “civil society” gets all the more intriguing in a conflict situation, such as we are witnessing in Manipur. The question is, should “civil society” have a technical definition and.....

Intellectual ennui

The Rights to Information Act was implemented a decade 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-corruption .....

Selling Manipur

There is a fairly accurate way of diagnosing Manipur’s developmental problems, given the fact that many of these problems are manifested openly before the eyes of even the ordinary citizen. Take for instance the case of the black toppings on most of the s.....

One year after

The BJP-led government in Manipur is now over one year old. It has been an eventful year, but one which basically was a ride on an extended anti-incumbency wave generated by the people’s fatigue at having lived under the ruling party’s main rival, Congres.....

Redundant post

The sordid drama in Karnataka is over. While there is no doubt it was an unseemly tussle between the political parties in contention for power in the wake of the hung verdict voters of the state delivered, we must still say that while it is understandable.....

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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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