Pradip Phanjoubam

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 .....

Majority minority complexes

Events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are, to say the least, have been tragic. Bengali speaking Muslim Rohingya population there who share a homeland with the Rakhine Buddhists were hounded out of the country by their Buddhist neighbours and the Myanmar Army .....

Stereotyping conflict

Maybe it is a problem with human cognitive ability that events have to be first fitted into known paradigms before they can be comprehended. Indeed without the props of contextual backgrounds, it would be difficult, even impossible, to understand any give.....

Reorienting education

While it cannot be said Indian education system has collapsed, it should understandably be a cause for worry for planners that year after year in polls conducted by reputed agency QS World University Rankings, few Indian universities ever make .....

Another gender story

November has been an eventful month in the recent history of Manipur. If not for any other then for the fact that this was when Irom Sharmila began her epic 16-year fast unto death protest for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA. Shar.....

Child rights and more

November 14 in India is observed as Children’s Day. It will remain to be seen if this day is still given the importance it once was, considering the day commemorates the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, a personali.....

Re-examine old problems

There is a timeless saying of Turkish origin, but often attributed to Prophet Mohammed after Francis Bacon did so in an essay once, although his usage too was at best apocryphal. It says: “the mountain did not come to Mohamet so Mohamet went to the mounta.....

Honest discourse

Fashion catches on and spreads, and in this global era, surprisingly fast too. The latest and hottest in the malls of New York, Paris or London, would almost simultaneously have become the rage everywhere in the world, including in the crammed up tiny box.....

Democracy and development

Much like the way democracy has been likened to Capitalism and its brand of free market, democracy has also come to be so closely identified with development, although in the latter case it is not as sinister or the result of clever propaganda. While the .....

Chakouba pledge

We are once again on the threshold of another cycle of the winter magic. It is indeed happy serendipity that many, if not most of the widely celebrated festivals in Manipur and its neighbourhood come in winter. Kut opened the season on November 1. It is D.....

Loneliness of the artist

Much has been written about the likeness of the movie version of Superman to Jesus Christ. Superman is an alien from the destroyed planet Krypton and the only son of a famous scientist there, sent to earth with the mission to be the saviour of the world. .....

Shrinking aspirations

It is alarming to note the manner in which aspirations in Manipur by and large have been systematically shrinking in size and scope. Today, it is as if young people see no other handle to success in life than securing a government job – any government job.....

Reconstructing past

As to how history has come to be considered an important legitimising factor for claims of nationhood can be seen in the frantic manner in which so many different communities are racing to “reconstruct” or in the jargon of many others, to “reclaim” their .....

Age of pessimism

There is something interesting about the current popular notion of leadership throughout the world. This trend was seen coming almost a decade ago in a worldwide poll conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org managed by the University of Mar.....

Corruption disease

Corruption has become an obsessive concern of the public in Manipur today. Though there has been no formal opinion poll, it is anybody’s guess all such polls, formal and informal, would be unanimous on this. No newspaper has not written about how corrosiv.....

From grand to mundane

There is nothing new about the understanding that politics and governance are related by two different entities. The first generally tend to project itself as grand and visionary, while the latter is generally left to complete the rather mundane but vital.....

End polygamy

In 2008, Manipur Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill, was introduced in the February session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly and passed in the Winter session in October the same year. The Bill, it will be recalled came as part of a directive fro.....

Career and beyond

Every profession has its moral codes, some written but most of the time unwritten. Journalism is no exception and indeed this is a question which has continued to haunt the profession since its inception. This is particularly so because journalism’s best .....

City planning void

What Imphal is witnessing today is evidence of how poorly the city is planned, and how devoid of vision city planners have been in all these years. This is probably true of all other rapidly growing urban centres in the state as well, but none wo.....

Problems and solutions

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.....

Looking East imbibing West

Imphal roads have become truly dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. Each day there are some road mishaps somewhere. Yet, everybody seems to think these are the natural prices to be paid for urbanisation. Nothing can be further from the truth. There are.....

Kangla and Manipur

Kangla was not built in a day. This sacred site was once upon a time the seat of power of the erstwhile kingdom of Manipur (known by many different names in different eras), and therefore at least as old as the kingdom itself. It is to this day very much .....

Imperfection is a given

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.....

MU and spirit of law

Nothing can be more welcome than the release of the jailed Manipur University teachers and students today, not for anything else than the fact that their arrest seemed so unfair and prejudicial on the part of those who arrested them. It may be recalled th.....

Memories of wounds: how much to forget

Trauma history has a tendency of haunting its subjects for a long time, sometimes causing serious psychological hurdles for entire societies in coming to terms with what 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said in one of his most quoted line.....

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ZRO VP and colleagues express desire to bring changes in organisation

CHURACHANDPUR | Nov 19 Vice-president of Zomi Revolutionary Organisation (ZRO), Calvin H and his cabinet colleague has expressed their desire to bring major changes in the organisation in a press conference held at his residence located at Dorcas Veng,.....

AR condemns TSA’s claims

IMPHAL | Nov 19 Assam Rifles has condemned the alleged claims of secretary of Thadou Students’ Association (TSA), Michael Lamjathang Haokip, of being man handled by Assam Rifles troops, as published in various newspapers on November 17 and November 18......

TI-GHQ condemns physical assault on secretary general of TSA-GHQ

KANGPOKPI | Nov 19 The Thadou Inpi-General Headquarters vehemently condemned the alleged physical assault meted out to the secretary general of the Thadou Students Association-General Headquarters by Assam Rifles personnel at Sita Lamkhai Check Post, T.....

Social welfare minister releases gospel visual album

KANGPOKPI | Nov 19 Social welfare and cooperation minister, Nemcha Kipgen released a gospel visual album at Kangpokpi District Headquarters. The gospel visual album named ‘Vanchoi Ngai Um’ produced in loving memory of (L). Ng. Hatneibem alias Bebem .....


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