RK Nimai

RK Nimai

The author is a former bureaucrat, Imphal, Manipur

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Is Planting Trees the Panacea for Climate Change?

Posted on 21 Jun 2022

Planting trees is good no doubt but the way things are going, one needs to question whether the system needs improvement. Rather than planting, stopping felling of trees will have a much greater impact but is the government doing enough to stop tree felling?

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Need for a Realistic Budget

Posted on 14 Jun 2022

Manipur is in a bad shape financially. It needs a realistic budget, and a strategy needs to be worked out on how to manage a poor state with limited revenue.

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Disregarding Laid Down Rules and Procedures

Posted on 7 Jun 2022

Border Fencing: One needs to understand the various agreements signed regarding the boundary between Manipur, British India and Burma. The demarcation should have been carried out with the involvement of the local populace and not done in secrecy as was done many times in the past.


War on Drugs 2.0 - an Observation

Posted on 24 May 2022

Many of those involved in planting and harvesting opium do not speak Meiteilon, many of them are from outside the state and country and thus one chilling aspect is the in-migration due to poppy cultivation, which needs to be stopped urgently.

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Attempts to Impose Rule of Law

Posted on 31 May 2022

Rules must make way for government policy and thus need amendments from time to time. But, rules must not be violated at will as it points to breakdown in governance.


Community support in the control of poppy plantation

Posted on 10 May 2022

Communities should be worried about the trickle-down effect where the opium and its products will not be completely outside their jurisdiction as some will trickle down within their community, resulting in a few of their populace dependent on opiates.

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Marginalisation of Congress

Posted on 26 Apr 2022

Congress failure from Indira Gandhi’s time is the inability to tolerate local or regional satrap. This is perhaps due to insecurity that these leaders if they become too powerful may seek change in the national leadership.

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Compulsory Hindi Up to Class X in Northeast India

Posted on 24 Apr 2022

The non reaction from the Manipur government on the issue of compulsory Hindi is not surprising but in the larger interest of the children of the state, it should come out with its view like the CM of Assam.

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Compulsory Hindi up to class X!

Posted on 19 Apr 2022

The attempt to impose Hindi as a compulsory subject up to Class X will only be seen as an effort to impose hegemony over the Northeast region, many of whose languages are from the Tibeto-Burmese family.

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Action Against Road Squatters

Posted on 5 Apr 2022

Steps must be taken to ensure that all illegal structures/ obstacles are removed, irrespective of the individuals whether he is connected or not. A few cases of nepotism or corruption in the process can derail the whole effort. The need to maintain public space must be made to be felt and once a system is put in place and properly monitored, it will become a habit.

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Change in Office Hours: Will it work for all?

Posted on 30 Mar 2022

The change in office hours may be not be practical for all and it appears that the decision was taken taking into consideration the situation in the State Secretariat and not the conditions prevailing elsewhere.

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Dysfunctional Election: Who Will Stop the Zero Sum Game?

Posted on 9 Mar 2022

The election 2022 is a turning point in the electoral history of the state where brute muscle power was utilised and election is now looking like that of West Bengal. Not a good sign and such mischievous acts will become the norm in future elections

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Freebies, Promises and a Make Belief World

Posted on 27 Feb 2022

Many freebies have been promised, especially by the BJP, but from where will the money come? Even now, salaries and pensions cannot be paid in time and many pensioners are yet to get their Leave Encashment, DCRG, and Commutation amount of pension. No party seem serious enough to understand the meaning of promises made.

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Man the Destroyer

Posted on 15 Feb 2022

With the great groaning under the weight of climate change and global warming, realisation slowly crept in that all matter in the earth is linked and tinkering with one impacts the rest.


BJP ticket tamasha and aftermath in Manipur

Posted on 3 Feb 2022

While going through the list, it was very similar to the ones floated earlier in the social media which was denied by the party, indicating that the news was floated by someone in the know, perhaps with the ill conceived notion to soften the anger of those who were denied tickets.

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