IFP Editorials

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.....

Traditional boundary

Is the Westphalian model of the state the only one there is for the modern world to acknowledge and accept as irrefutable and inviolable? For the moment it does seem there is no other real alternative to this treaty bound understanding of the state as wha.....

Thoughts on MU strategies

In the ongoing agitation in the Manipur University is once again evident a character trait of the state and its many communities which has shown up many times with almost clockwork regularity. This is about a single mindedness of intent and purpose, which.....

Foggy strategy against drugs

Manipur is presently shrouded in an atmosphere of chaos and conflict including the imbroglio at Manipur University, the Border Pillar issue and the Framework Agreement amongst many others. It is not that this kind of situation is considered as a strange p.....

MU and the colleges

It is unfortunate that so many of Manipur’s endemic problems have come to confluence at a single point today. Since these problems were festering with no solution in sight for a long time, it is only a matter of coincidence that they all have surfaced at .....

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......

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Former president of MSAD arrested, allegedly slapped with sedition

IMPHAL | Feb 15 Manipur Student’s Association Delhi (MSAD) advisor, Thokchom Veewon, has been allegedly arrested by a joint team of Delhi and Manipur police this evening from his rented room, in Delhi. It is learnt that, Thokchom, who was also the f.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

PMC condemns arrest of ex-president MSAD

IMPHAL | Feb 14 The president of the Pan Meetei Convention, Nabashyam Heigrujam, in a press statement condemned the arrest of the ex-president of the Manipur Stuents Association Delhi, MSAD, Thokchom VeeWon, by a team of Delhi and Manipur police withou.....

Garland of victory was placed on neck of wrong person says Gaikhangam

Former CM O. Ibobi speaks during press conference

IMPHAL | Feb 15 “The present state government took a weak stand on the issue of CAB, 2019. The BJP government has been excessively obsessed with cheap popularity and befooling the people with false and fake promises which were its strategies to win the.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Meinya warns public to remain vigilant of CAB

IMPHAL | Feb 15 “Even if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha, there might be an attempt to introduce the bill if a new party comes to power in the upcoming parliamentary elections; and so there is need for the.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

One should ride bicycles for sake of future generations: Karam Shyam

Karam Shyam speaks during the function

IMPHAL | Feb 15 Spreading the message of conserving oil such as diesel and petroleum in the future, CAF and PD minister, Karam Shyam has started riding a bicycle. He said, “one should ride bicycles not for self benefits but for the sake of future ge.....

16-Feb-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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