Editorials

Futility of revisionism

One of the best known contemporary thinkers, economist Jeffrey Sach’s statement made in jest, that it would not be correct for anybody to pretend that Afghanistan’s problems started with the Taliban and will end with the Taliban, for the problems actually.....

So, how did we vote?

It’s quite a surprise that the public came out in maximum numbers for the inner and the outer polls. The turnout was an aggregate of 80 percent and that is a big number. Now, the most awaited day will be May 23 and the fate of the candidates will be known.....

Confounding voting behaviour

With the voting for the Manipur Inner Parliamentary Constituency held today, the fates of 19 candidates, eight for the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency and 11 for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, now lay sealed as digital data in the .....

Empathy connects

The ironic yet beautiful thing about empathy is, it is born out of an awareness of humanity’s shared tragic predicament. As well-known American economist and social theorist, Jeremy Rifkin writes in “The Empathic Civilisation”, there can be no empathy in .....

Resurrecting history

The prospect of writing history, especially when it involved wars, must be so much more simple for those who won. In fact, it is often said, and convincingly too, that in wars nothing else matters but winning. A powerful outlook, not easily refutable, but.....

Hospital rampaged again

The attack by enraged family attendants of a patient who expired at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institution of Medical Sciences, JNIMS, tells of a deep malaise in the Manipur society today. Lest it is forgotten, let it be reminded that this malaise is also a swo.....

A Crack in the Mirror

With the ongoing emphasis given on parliamentary polls in the Country and State, the public seems to be more concerned with the “future” or the assurances of politicians when they are elected. Although the concerns are legitimate, it would be rather unwis.....

Missing knowledge bank

The vacuum in scholarship especially in the areas of social sciences left by our intellectual classes whose profession is precisely to think and expand the horizon of thoughts in the society, is being filled in at best by untrained thinkers, sometimes ref.....

Victim and victimhood

The familiar term “Oedipus Complex” is often grossly misunderstood. The idea, as we all know comes from the Greek mythology, made famous by the Sophoclean play, “Oedipus Rex” where king Oedipus, by a cruel turn of fate, marries his own mother, Jocasta, fr.....

Reinventing ourselves

What would be the shape of Manipur 20 years hence? The challenges to its physical structure is one thing, but even if it could be taken for granted that its map would remain intact, can we say the same about its psychological and spiritual landscapes. The.....

Pay reparation

Arrested journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem will finally be released. An order to this effect, which had been kept reserved by the Manipur High Court for reasons the court knows best, has finally been pronounced, and verdict is clear – his arrest under the.....

Cycle as continuity

On the Meitei lunar calendar, yesterday (Saturday) marked the beginning of another New Year. The day is known as Sajibu Nongma Panba amongst the Meiteis (the first day of the month of Sajibu) and is celebrated as Cheiraoba. Unfortunately as in most other .....

Puberty education vs Talibanism

One of the most common expressions heard and being talked about on a frequent basis amongst the people of Manipur are the words ‘Athingba Thamjinba’ which can be roughly translated as putting a strict prohibition on something or banning some entity. Civil.....

Handling post truth

It is often said the greatest crime that the media can commit is to create false consensus. However in this age of what has been described as post truth, where creating false consensus has become routine, it no longer easy to say what honest media is anym.....

Election fever

Elections are a carnival in Manipur. It is curious to note that it has seldom been the issues for which people take to the streets on which elections have been fought and won in the decades that have gone by, and as we have noted in these same columns a w.....

Development as remedy

The old question of whether it is a necessary condition for peace to precede development continues to haunt everybody genuinely concerned with the affairs of the trouble-torn states of northeast India. While the ideal situation should be one in which peac.....

Something is rotten

For unexplained reasons, a judgment on the fate of jailed TV journalist, Kishorchand Wangkhem, charged for criticising the chief minister N. Biren Singh and his current party, the BJP, on Facebook, is kept reserved, although the hearing is over. He has be.....

Vote and the liberal spirit

Elections are the best possible way of evolving the nearest thing to a consensual will in a multi-opinion situation. But what is also true is, elections have the nasty tendency of dividing up electorates into “camps”. This must have been why elderly advic.....

Police incompetency, Criminal masterminds and the System

It is quite surprising that a hardened vicious criminal in the likes of Thokchom Nando could make a make a clean break from the hospital. There is security around the clock, the jail keeps two wardens to monitor and take charge of the manacles which binds.....

The tipping point

Manipur’s problems today are too overwhelming for anybody to come up with a single magic formula to resolve them. The problem of insurgency with roots planted deep in the historical milieu of the place, the unenviable economic and political circumstance, .....

Manipur melting pot

As much as the ethnic mosaic in Manipur is complex, a solution to its ethnic problem is going to be as difficult. There are too many factors to cover, too many rising ethnic aspirations and nationalisms, each, as Prof. Gangmumei Kamei once said long ago i.....

Secessionism of the elite

If there was one event which marred the extended Yaoshang celebrations, it was what happened at Utlou in which Leikai folks barged into an elite private residence and broke up what has been described an expensive bingeing orgy in the name of Yaoshang. The.....

Silence of Yaoshang

Five days of deafening media silence beginning today on account of Yaoshang (Holi) awaits the state. The overwhelming response from the reading public every year has been that the break is too long, and this is a logical observation. It is unthinkable tha.....

The last man

The idea of democracy as the end of history as postulated by Francis Fukuyama, (End of History and the Last Man) despite whatever counter arguments, remains among the most thought-provoking theses that grew out of the political developments in the last pa.....

Chaos and it tolls

It has been reported before and it is still true that psychiatry wards in the hospitals in Manipur are showing a general upswing of cases. This should ring the alarm bells for everybody, in particular the government. It cannot be just a matter of people c.....

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Man found dead under mysterious circumstances

Locals of Takyel Kolom leikai blocked NH 37

IMPHAL | Apr 21 A 46 year old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances today at Yarou Bamdiar which falls under the jurisdiction of Nambol police station. The victim was identified as Phijam Muhindro, son of Ph. Nodiyachand, resident of Takyel.....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Withdrawing of house guards, escort personnel was act of revenge: O. Joy

IMPHAL | Apr 21 “The withdrawal of house guards cum escort personnel provided for NCP outer candidate, NEIDP outer candidate and former minister, O. Joy by an order released on April 19, was an act of retaliation by the ruling government following the .....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

‘VAT, goods and service taxes cannot be levied on betel leafs’

IMPHAL | Apr 21 Justice, Kh Nobin, High Court of Manipur has quashed and set aside the notification order for the inclusion of Kwamana (beetle leaves) among forest products. The order to include beetle leaves as forest products had been released by .....

Macha Leima observes its Golden Jubilee

IMPHAL | Apr 21 Manipuree Chanura Leishem Marup (Macha Leima) today celebrated its 50 years of existence by observing the Golden Jubillee of the organisation at Lamyanba Shanglen today. Editor of Macha Leima magazine, Haobam Seityabati said the wo.....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

Proxy voting planned by BJP was allowed at Andro AC: Meghachandra

MLA, K. Meghachandra briefing to media at MPCC conference hall

IMPHAL | Apr 21 “The video uploaded on social media about the supposed humiliation of a police constable was intended to spread lies. The people should be aware of the actual scenario of the incident at the polling station in Andro assembly constituenc.....

22-Apr-2019 / A Staff Reporter

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